Jimbo’s Fund

Grant size: £1,000 to £20,000

Location: Leeds 

Deadline: 20/02/2020 at 12 noon 

Jimbo's Fund

Jimbo’s Fund was set up by generous local businessman, Jimi Heselden, to support people in hardship.  Jimi tragically passed away in an accident in 2010, but the fund continues to support local projects across Leeds, continuing Jimi’s legacy of generosity.

This round of Jimbo’s Fund will make grants of £1,000 to £20,000 to support organisations working for the benefit of disadvantaged people in Leeds.  Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their beneficiaries are facing some sort of hardship; that their work is meeting an identified need in the local community; and that they can deliver tangible, positive results.

Please note that Jimbo’s Fund is heavily over-subscribed for each round. Before you apply, please ensure you read these notes carefully to enable you to assess whether your project is likely to be eligible for consideration.  We have limited funding available and we are not able to fund every eligible application we receive, no matter how deserving the project is.


Who can apply?

Grants are open to volunteer led organisations, including community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector, that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories
  • Are based in and supporting people living in the Leeds
  • Have been established for at least 2 years and have a track record in the local area.

We expect applicants to already be working in Leeds and have strong local links. We are very unlikely to fund any organisation that is merely seeking to move into Leeds because funding is available, or which does not have strong local connections.  You should be able to demonstrate the need or demand for your work in the relevant area.

We are particularly keen to receive applications which would benefit people in East Leeds, an area which was particularly special to Jimi. However, applications are welcome from across the whole city of Leeds.


Size of Grant

The minimum request is £1,000. The maximum is £20,000.

We prefer to be a major funder of a project and like to support something specific as opposed to merely contributing towards a larger appeal.  Whilst the grant can be used to part-fund a project, we like to see the impact our support is having.  Accordingly, we prefer for our grant to equal at least 50% of the total cost of the project.

Grant requests should be no more than 50% of your organisation’s annual income in the last financial year.

Only one application per organisation can be considered. 


What can the Fund support?

The type of activity that can be funded is quite broad and includes:

  • Project costs
  • Staff costs to enable you to employ someone
  • Training for volunteers or staff
  • Capital costs, including purchase of equipment, refurbishment and building work, and purchase of buildings
  • Contribution to core costs as long as this is related to the delivery of activities or services you are requesting funding for

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list but is representative of grants which have been awarded in recent rounds.

Priority will be given to projects benefiting:

  • Children and young people,
  • People with profound and multiple learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities,
  • Older people, and
  • People in need who are actively trying to help themselves in areas of significant disadvantage.



Please note that the fund is significantly over-subscribed for each panel, so please review the exclusions below before you start the application process.  Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • Items that would or should normally be funded from statutory sources e.g. local or central government (including schools, academies, leisure centres, social services etc.)
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • General appeals and contributions to large scale projects
  • Projects primarily for the benefit of animals
  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications from national charities (unless the local branch can demonstrate it operates independently and has a separate management committee and meets all other criteria)
  • Applications from organisations with substantial free reserves
  • Applications from organisations with access to other significant funding sources, including those with substantial fundraising teams
  • Applications from organisations that are in poor financial health or those that have had a previous grant from us which has not been managed satisfactorily
  • Applications which cannot demonstrate a clear need or demand for the work
  • Applications which offer poor value for money

Applicants who have previously been awarded a grant from Jimbo’s Fund are welcome to reapply once the activity funded by that grant has finished and Leeds Community Foundation has received a satisfactory end of grant report.  The panel prefers to see a 12-month gap before a request for repeat funding is submitted; however, funding is sometimes given for a second consecutive year, providing the group can clearly demonstrate the need for further funding.

If you are unsure whether or not your project is eligible, please send us a short email with a brief outline to grants@leedscf.org.uk and we will provide further advice. However, please note that the final decision on whether a project is funded is made by the grants panel, not by Leeds Community Foundation staff.


When can you apply?

The fund opens on the 16 January 2020 and the deadline to apply is 12 noon on 20 February 2020.  Funding will be awarded in April, to be spent within 12 months.


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form available at the end of this document.   You will also need to submit a copy of your organisation’s governance document, a copy of your most recent annual accounts, and a list of names of management committee/board members.  Copies of safeguarding policy documents may be requested if relevant.

We expect this programme to be highly oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


What happens after you’ve applied?

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application.  We will then assess your application and may need to contact you and your referee during this time.  If your application is shortlisted, it will then be submitted to an awards panel for further consideration. We’ll tell you their decision as soon as possible after they’ve met.

If you are successful, we will send you an e-mail which will include any additional conditions set by the panel and a grant funding agreement you will need to sign.  The grant must be spent within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant.  You must also complete an end of grant report telling us how the grant has been spent and what was achieved.  The deadline for doing so will be specified in your grant agreement. Please note that failure to provide an appropriate end of grant report will exclude your organisation from applying to future grants schemes.

If your bid is not successful, we will let you know the reasons for declining it. Please note we have limited funding available and we are not able to fund every application we receive, no matter how deserving the project is. The decisions made by the grants panel are final.



If your application is successful, you will be required to credit support from Jimbo’s Fund and Leeds Community Foundation on all materials related to the funded work.  Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential visit from funders. 


To Apply

Click here for the online application.

If you post documents to us please send them to the address below using the correct postage and make sure the documents are received by us before the deadline. If you require more information about this fund please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email grants@leedscf.org.uk.


A PDF of this information is available to download here.