New Beginnings

About the Fund

New Beginnings has already had a successful ‘pilot’ stage. The fund began when a consortium of funders noticed that the increase in migrants to the UK was putting strain on community groups. They also noticed that more people in the UK wanted to support refugees and asylum seekers. The funders felt that the best way to help was to fund small community groups. 45 groups were funded by the pilot. These were either refugee-led groups or local residents working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers. The aim of the fund is to increase community-based support for refugees and asylum seekers.


The New Beginnings Fund will provide funding of up to £10,000 for each project.Partnerships can bid for up to £20,000. Bids for lower amounts are welcome. All grants awarded are for the duration of one year.



The New Beginnings fund is designed to support small local constituted groups or charities with an income below £500,000 not in receipt of statutory funding. Partnership projects are welcome to apply. However, we are not encouraging new partnerships to be set up in order to bid for New Beginnings.    Groups must meet certain conditions before being awarded a grant for full details see the New Beginnings Fund Criteria below.



The Leeds Community Foundation will be considering applications from organisations in Leeds, Bradford or Wakefield.

When can you apply – important dates

  • 30 Oct 2016  –  Deadline for submitting expression of interest form
  •  7 Nov 2016   –  Groups invited to complete full application/informed of decision
  • 11 Dec 2016  –  Deadline for submitting full application form
  • 17 Feb 2017  –  Groups informed of decision (date subject to change)

How to apply

The New Beginnings Fund is initially seeking Expression of Interests only. Groups who fit the full criteria will be invited to make a full application on the 7th November.

Please click on the appropriate link below to register your expression of interest, read and agree to the eligibility criteria and enter your email address.  You will then be emailed a link to an online Expression of Interest Form

If you are the sole organisation applying, please complete the Expression of interest form available HERE.

If you are working in a partnership, please complete the Expression of Interest form available HERE.