Pears Youth Fund

Grant size: TBC

Location: Leeds and Bradford

Deadline: Closed

Pears Youth Fund

The Pears Youth Fund is open to third sector organisations operating in the Leeds Metropolitan or Bradford Metropolitan District areas.  It has been made possible thanks to generous support from Pears Foundation, a family Foundation based in London ( They have a specific interest in young people and in understanding the causes and effects of issues affecting communities.

The focus of the Fund is on encouraging projects that actively involve young people in their design and delivery and that focus on voice, engagement and influence. We are particularly interested in looking at the barriers that make it more difficult for young people to have a voice and be heard, or engage and interact with each other and with local organisations. We would like to use the funding to explore different methods of engagement and collaboration and to understand more about the barriers and solutions.


Who can apply?

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 (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 living in the Leeds and/or Bradford Metropolitan District Area

Partnerships with libraries, schools, public health bodies etc. are welcome and actively encouraged, as long as the charitable organisation is the main applicant. 

Priority will be given to organisations with an income of under £500,000 where a grant of up to £10,000 can make a significant difference. Applications can be made to support running costs or undertake a specific project or event (i.e. if the event is an integral part of the project and development work).


To Apply

This programme is currently closed for applications.


If you require more information about this fund, please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email