Our Third Sector Health Grants

Improving the health of residents and communities in Leeds is a key part of Leeds Community Foundation’s vision to promote a City of Opportunity for All through working with partners to create positive change with the communities that need it most.

We are very proud to have partnered with the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a new Third Sector Health Grants programme, which saw £2.3 million invested in over 50 community organisations that work to improve local people’s health in 2016-18.

This programme resulted in 77 varied and innovative projects that engaged our city’s diverse communities around wellbeing and reducing health inequalities, including Black and Minority Ethnic groups, children and young people, carers, sex workers, ex-offenders, Gypsies and Travellers, and people with learning disabilities. From one-to-one intense mental health support, to group learning around parenting and healthy eating, the programme promoted the importance of improving health and wellbeing in a range of diverse settings.

This important programme has grown the capacity of the Third Sector and clearly demonstrated the impact Third Sector groups have on the health of local people and communities in Leeds.  We are delighted that so many projects have continued, many with further funding from a number of sources, and that learning has been shared across the region.  This is captured in the Reports below.

Leeds Community Foundation will continue to bring funding and support for the Third Sector to address health inequalities in our city through delivering impactful, local solutions. While we are realistic about the significant challenges that lie ahead, Leeds’ vibrant and proactive Third Sector is well placed to maximise the impact it can have on the health and wellbeing of local residents, especially through social prescribing and Local Care Partnerships