Leeds Parks Fund

Grant size: £500 to £2,500

Location: Leeds

Deadline: 08/10/2019 at 12 noon

Leeds Parks Fund


Good quality parks and other public green spaces are essential for making cities great places to visit, work and live in. The many benefits of parks include improving health and wellbeing, providing places for children to play and homes for wildlife, bringing communities together and beautifying the city. They also make a positive contribution to the environment by helping to keep the air clean and mitigating the growing impact of climate change.

The Leeds Parks Fund is a partnership involving Leeds Community Foundation, Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum and Leeds City Council and is made possible through the generous support of our donors. Thanks to a range of charitable donations from businesses and members of the public, we are delighted to launch the first round of grants to enhance parks and green spaces across the city. We are seeking applications from   community groups who have ideas about how to improve and transform their local green spaces for the benefit of local people, wildlife and the environment.

This round is focused on the environment. As a result, we are particularly keen that applications should demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Benefit to local environment
  • Improved access to natural environment
  • Increased use of natural environment
  • Education about the environment


Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governing 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 (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)
  • Are based in or supporting people and green spaces in the Leeds Metropolitan District Area


Size of Grant

Grants of £500 – £2,500 are available. Grants can be used to fully fund, or partially fund, a wide range of activities, but only one application per organisation will be considered. 


What can the Fund support?

The aim of the Fund is to improve the quality of life of local people by improving public green space in the metropolitan district of Leeds. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate they have landowner approval for their proposed activity.

Visit the HM Land Registry: link available here to find out who owns the piece of land your project is based on. If your activity is taking place on Leeds City Council land, you can contact Sue Lumby, Programme Management Officer at Leeds City Council for written approval for your project by emailing parks@leeds.gov.uk


Examples of public access green spaces

·         Public parks

·         Woodlands

·         Village greens

·         Nature areas

·         Sports fields and facilities

·         Cemeteries and crematoria

·         Public playgrounds

·         Country parks

·         Cycle paths and bridleways

·         Recreation grounds


Types of activities that can be funded

We welcome applications from groups who have ideas that fit with the themes listed below. Priority will be given to community-led organisations.

Applicants will need to explain how their projects will be maintained, or be sustainable.



Examples of what might be funded

The examples below are not definitive and we look forward to hearing your own ideas

A Welcoming Place

·         The design and creation of attractive welcome/ information/ notice boards or signs that involve the local community

·         Community events

·         Making the environment more attractive by sowing a wildflower meadow or planting bulbs

·         Improvements to park facilities such as benches, play equipment, sports facilities, wildlife areas, teen shelters etc.

·         Access improvements, including paths, entrances for walkers, people with disabilities, cyclists etc.    

Healthy, Safe and Secure

·         Improving and promoting healthy walking routes e.g. by repairing a footpath or producing walk leaflets

·         Installing outdoor gym equipment

·         Developing or improving sports facilities, such as tennis courts, basketball courts, football pitches and bowling greens

Well-maintained and Clean

·         Community campaign to stop local littering or dog fouling

·         Community events with a focus on repairing, painting, cleaning structures in parks from bandstands to railings


·         Tree planting or orchard pruning events

·         Improving recycling facilities at a park

·         Flood alleviation schemes

Conservation and Heritage

·         Restoration and care of historic features, such as fountains, bandstands, headstones in cemeteries or statues

·         Protecting wildlife or conduct a wildlife survey

·         Creating and preserving natural habitats, such as wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands and heathland

Community Involvement

·         Support for existing or developing Friends of or In Bloom groups

·         Educational visits to, or information packs about, a public green space

·         Public events, such as guided walks or community fun days

·         Online information


Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • Projects outside Leeds
  • For-profit organisations or overseas organisations
  • 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
  • Activity primarily for the benefit of animals (except wildlife)
  • Individuals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply, you need to complete an online application form using the link at the end of this document.  You will also need to submit a copy of the organisation’s governing document, a copy of your most recent set of accounts, and a list of names of your management committee/board members. If you’re successful, you’ll also need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statements. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



If your application is successful, you will be required to credit support from the Leeds Parks Fund on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for potential site visits from the funders and also be open to providing quotes or photographs for press and media opportunities.


To Apply

Click the Apply Now button to the left of this page for the online application form.

We will be hosting a briefing event on Friday 13 September 2019 from 10am -11.30am at Squire Patton Boggs offices in Leeds city centre to provide applicants with more details about the Leeds Parks Fund and the application process. To reserve your place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-parks-fund-applicant-briefing-session-tickets-66669852323

If you post documents to us, please send them to the address below, using the correct postage amount, and ensure the documents are received by us before 12 noon on Tuesday 8 October 2019. Funding will be awarded in December 2019 and should be spent within 12 months of receipt. 

 If you require more information about this fund, please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426, email grants@leedscf.org.uk or write to us at: Leeds Community Foundation, First Floor, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE.


A PDF of this information is available to download here.