Before you apply


St Vincents

LCF primarily supports small community groups, charities and social enterprises in the Leeds Metropolitan District. We offer funds in several different programmes, each with it’s own donor(s), aims and criteria. You may apply to each and every programme for which your group is eligible. Please do read the criteria carefully for each programme you apply to to ensure you are eligible.

Please download a copy of our LCF Grantmaking Handbook for everything you need to know. If you have any other questions please call us at our office at 0113 242-2426 or email

To apply for our grants programmes (except Micro Grants and Solutions for an Ageing Society) you must:

  • Be a not-for-profit, voluntary or community group or social enterprise (you don’t need to be a registered charity but your activities must be considered charitable).
  • Have a governing document (constitution/set of rules/other) that show how your group is run or managed (other than for programmes that offer grants to individuals. Check grants programme criteria for details).
  • Have a management committee/governance body, of  at least three people, who are independent and unrelated members.
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two cheque signatories (or are willing to open a separate account if your application is successful).
  • The exceptions are The Leeds Fund Micro Grants (which can fund informal groups and individual community activists) and Solutions for an Ageing Society (which funds individual social entrepreneurs). See these fund’s pages for more information.

After you have applied

Your application will be reviewed initially by a member of our grants team who may contact you for more information or to arrange a visit. The application will then be considered by advisory panel, made up of LCF Trustees, donor representatives and people from the local community with relevant skills, knowledge and experience, who will then make the final decision.

If you are applying to a Fund with a rolling grants programme you can expect to hear within six weeks of us receiving your application. If you are applying to a fund with a closing date, you will hear around six weeks after the deadline.

If you are successful

If you are successful in receiving a grant, you will need to sign and return a Funding Agreement (terms & conditions). Once every three years, we will also require a bank statement to act as proof of the account details. At the end of your project, you will need to provide information demonstrating your achievements as a result of the grant and the outcomes for your beneficiaries – the information on what we require will be contained in the letter/email you receive regarding your grant. You may also need to provide original invoices and receipts relating to your grant expenditure. Click here for details of our monitoring requirements.

Publicity for your grant

We encourage all the groups that we support to publicise their grant and the  project it has funded. We also require that you use our logos to demonstrate our support.  Please click here for more information.