Creating a city of opportunity for all

We work together with partners to create positive change with the communities that need it most, by investing funding and expertise to build a better future now.​

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By investing in The 100 Club, supporters enable the Foundation to become increasingly resilient, boosting its grant making role.

Our Open Grants

Take a look at our open and upcoming grants programmes to get a sense of the types of grant you can apply for.

GiveBradford

Our GiveBradford campaign helps businesses and individuals give back to the place in which they live and work.

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Information about the GiveBradford Resilience Fund

A Message from Kate Hainsworth, CEO, Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

All of us at the Foundation are delighted to be working shoulder to shoulder with partners in Leeds and Bradford, across sectors, and with fellow funders, to provide a joined up provision for those we can support who need it the most.

We have leveraged nearly £1.5 million to support small charities and voluntary organisations across Leeds and Bradford in response to the Covid-19 crisis, focussing on helping charities and voluntary groups continue to do their vital work, both now and in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank all of our supporters and of course, the community groups and volunteers who have shown incredible energy, passion and willingness to adapt during these unprecdented times.

Existing funding Programmes are still running, but have been adapted in some cases to meet emerging needs and we continue to listen and work alongside groups on how best to do this.

Priority has been providing support to those whose operations have been severely affected by COVID-19 and through the Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford Resilience Funds, money has already been distributed to meet urgent needs whilst considering the long-term COVID-19 implications. The Fund has also been designed to help charities and voluntary groups make decisions for the future.

By adapting the Leeds and Bradford Healthy Holidays programme, which supports children through activities and food in the school holidays, and by redirecting and leveraging funds, the Foundation has been able to work with local authority partners to support organisations working with children and young people, so they can meet the needs of the most vulnerable families while the schools are closed.

The Foundation are also distribution partners of the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Appeal. The NET funding has supplemented the work of the Healthy Holidays Programme across Leeds and Bradford and we have been supporting groups delivering Covid-19 response work with grants for running costs in Wakefield.

The decisions we are taking aren’t easy or straightforward. There is huge pressure on funders like us right now to get money out the door as quickly as possible. Where it’s needed, we are moving fast. But we also believe it is vital that we plan carefully for the world beyond lockdown and that’s why we are continuing to focus on longer-term resilience.

 

If you have any questions or want to support our work please email info@leedscf.org.uk.

What we do.

 

Leeds Community Foundation supports thousands of charities and voluntary groups across the city, addressing inequalities and working together to help create opportunities for those that need help the most.

We invest in these groups by distributing grants and sharing advice – acting as a catalyst for positive change. Leeds Community Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and public sector organisations to help local people to gain the support they need now, while investing in a brighter future for all. ​

Our Impact 2018/2019

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Our Impact

We’ve distributed over £42 million in grants to date, enabling positive change in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our communities.

We distribute grants, share advice and use our specialist knowledge to help community projects thrive so they can make an even greater impact.

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