Leeds Men’s Suicide Prevention Fund Small Grants

Grant size: Up to £10,000

Location: Leeds

Deadline: 05/03/2020 at 12 noon 

Leeds Men’s Suicide Prevention Fund Small Grants

Aim of the programme

Public Health – Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Foundation are working in partnership to fund local third sector community initiatives aimed at men with high risk of suicide.  We want to support social activities for men determined by local men themselves, and to provide outreach work with targeted communities in order to reduce social isolation.  The focus of this programme is on areas of need where activities for socially isolated men are lacking.  The targeted areas are Inner South, Inner West and Inner East Leeds, as these are communities with the highest suicide rates involving socially isolated men.

The programme will initially run for three years with over £70,000 distributed annually through both small grants of up to £10,000 and large grants of up to £25,000.



Suicide Prevention is a key public mental health priority in Leeds.  There is a long-standing, multi-agency citywide Strategic Suicide Prevention Group, and the Leeds Suicide Audit 2014-2016   is nationally recognised as best practice.  Leeds has also been cited as a best practice case study for investing in ‘postvention’ (i.e. timely and appropriate support provided to those bereaved by suicide).  This service has been well evaluated and is contributing to global evidence of effective peer-led interventions.

However, until now the city has not directly funded activity with men who are Leeds’s highest at risk group for suicide.   The Leeds Suicide Audit published in 2016 found that 30% of all suicides in Leeds occurred amongst residents in the most deprived 20% of the city. Two out of three suicides were in the most deprived half of the city. This is consistent with previous audits and national trends in suicides. 

Of the 31 postcode areas where suicides were recorded in Leeds, half of all individuals lived in just seven: LS6, LS8, LS9, LS11, LS12, LS15, and LS28.  An additional seven postcode areas capture 80% of all suicides: LS13, LS14, LS16, LS17, LS19, LS25, and LS27.

Based on these findings, we are keen to fund activities working with men in these areas.


Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the voluntary 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 or supporting people living in the Leeds Metropolitan District Area

Applications from organisations working in partnership, including with businesses and statutory partners, where the lead applicant is a third sector organisation are welcomed.


Size of Grant

Smaller grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects of up to 12 months to fund pilot projects, support smaller groups, help with capacity building and for small scale research and market testing.   

Whilst the grant can be used to part-fund a wide range of activities, 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 activity or project within the criteria specified below.

Only one application per organisation can be considered. 


Who Can the Fund Support?

The programme is looking to fund grants that focus on:   

  • Communities where men are known to be at greater risk of suicide and social isolation (i.e. LS6, LS8, LS9, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS19, LS25, LS27 and LS28.
  • The population group demographics and identified risk factors highlighted in the Leeds 2016 audit.
  • Developing social activities for men determined by local men themselves or providing outreach work with targeted communities in order to reduce social isolation for men with higher risk of suicide in areas of need with fewer activities for socially isolated men.
  • Local community engagement and participation in the development and delivery of successful projects. The application process will ask for details of how interested groups would achieve this.
  • Local organisations delivering targeted evidence-based interventions in line with the Leeds Suicide Prevention Action Plan. Priority will be given to organisations already working in Leeds with a good understanding of local communities and the Leeds audit. 
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are either delivering new activity or increasing the reach of existing activity in relation to suicide prevention work with local communities. Care will need to be taken to ensure the grants are not used to fund services that should be a statutory responsibility, i.e. there needs to be some element of additionality in their work.
  • Funding will include evaluating the projects. Impact will be measured both in quantitative terms (using agreed indicators), as well as the social impact of projects in the local context.
  • The potential issues to be tackled are wide-ranging so we would suggest consideration is given, initially, to focusing on a few key issues or areas of activity. Activities might include: supporting engagement and empowerment of local people; encouraging innovation to support decision making and choice; widening access to local services that reduce the risk of suicide; capacity building to help emerging groups develop; use of new technologies and innovative ways of connecting with socially isolated men.



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • Activities primarily for the advancement of religion or politics.  We would however consider supporting the activities of such organisations if they are aimed at supporting the wider community in accordance with these guidelines
  • Individuals, statutory organisations (such as schools, hospitals or medical centres, universities and colleges) or commercial entities
  • Retrospective funding – activities that have taken place previously or costs already incurred
  • Organisations that make a surplus or profit which is not reinvested for social benefit
  • Establishment/preservation of endowment/welfare funds; organisations that redistribute funding for subsequent grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Capital appeals for building projects, e.g. for rebuilding a community centre, heritage centres, visitor centres, museums, theatres or places of worship


When can you apply?

The fund opens on 16 January 2020 and the deadline to apply is 12 noon on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Funding will be awarded in April 2020.


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 signed copy of the organisation’s governance document, signed copy of accounts, and list of name and addresses of management committee/board members, unless you have already submitted these documents to Leeds Community Foundation within the last 12 months.

To start filling in the online application form follow the link at the end of this document. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


What happens after you’ve applied?

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application within five working days.  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.  This panel will be made up of people with knowledge and expertise around the men and suicide agenda as well as community delivery. We’ll tell you their decision as soon as possible after they’ve met. 

If you are successful, the grant letter/e-mail will include any additional conditions set by the panel and/or the grant payment. You will need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement.

The grant must be spent within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant.  At the end of the grant, you will have to 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 offer letter. Please note that failure to complete an 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 Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Foundation, on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential monitoring visit from funders. 


Past and Future rounds

Round 2 took place in Spring 2019 and the following grantees were funded:

  • Health for All (large grant) – Engaging isolated men from LS11 in a Menspace/Skills Hub programme to learn/develop practical skills (DIY, bricklaying, cooking etc.) while building friendships and gaining confidence.
  • New Wortley Community Association (small grant) – A weekly walking group providing opportunities for socially isolated men living in New Wortley to come together, make friends and talk about issues they may be facing.
  • Red Ladder Theatre Company (small grant) – Delivery of the ‘Life & Soul II’ project that uses live theatre to create a space for vulnerable and isolated men in Leeds to come together and bring the subject of mental health and suicide into the open.
  • Cloth Cat Studios Limited (small grant) – Creative group activities (including live and computer based music (learning and/or performance), Photography, Virtual Reality, Film and Animation) to reduce social isolation, initiate friendships and reignite a spark for music and digital arts.
  • Humans Being (small grant) – The training of 30 community cafe volunteers as men’s wellbeing ambassadors. Ambassadors use their skills and life experiences to support vulnerable men who use the cafes.
  • Zest Health for Life (small grant) – Extension of the organisation’s IMPACT programme which engages isolated men and provide opportunities to meet new people and learn additional skills.

Successful grantees from Round 1 and Round 2 are eligible to apply for continuation funding in Round 3, subject to their project delivery being successful and outcomes for men evidenced.


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.