Pears Youth Fund

Grant size: Up to £10,000

Location: Leeds and Bradford

Deadline: 26/09/2019 at 12 noon

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).


Size of Grant

  • Grants of up to £7,500 for applicants applying as a single organisation
  • Grants of up to £10,000 for projects who can demonstrate that they are working in partnership

For example, a partnership could look like…

  • Local community organisations could partner with a community broadcasting station to arrange regular interviews with young people so they can share what they are learning and discuss the issues that matter to them. Content could then be shared by all partners.
  • Local youth community projects could partner with arts based organisations to create exhibitions and/or music and dance performances to address the impact of fake news or the pressures of social media.
  • Projects working with young people from different communities, cultures and backgrounds could join forces to learn what identity means to them and explore joint social action.


Monitoring and Evaluation

We are particularly keen to be able to understand the impact as a result of the grant. Accordingly, we would expect all applicants to think about what difference they expect to make as a result of the grant and how they will demonstrate this impact. All organisations awarded a grant will be expected to complete an end of grant report, but you may also want to include some form of evaluation before and after the funded project, and include costs associated with this in your application. 


What can the Fund support?

Activity needs to be aimed towards children and young people and the proposed activity should:

  • Enable young people to form, develop and present their ideas and aspirations
  • Involve young people in working in partnership with other groups of people: intergenerational activities; linking with people from locally-based companies and other organisations; and/or working across geographical boundaries
  • Allow young people to come together to develop new skills around leadership, team working or social action
  • Encourage interaction between groups from different cultures, religious or ethnic backgrounds



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • Activity that’s purely about research, though including costs for evaluation of the proposed activity and sharing positive outcomes is encouraged
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations (unless they are working with a charitable organisation as their lead partner)
  • National organisations without a strong, local presence i.e. without a local committee of people managing the activity and/or a local office
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply, you need to complete an online application form, for which you’ll find a link at the end of this document.   You will also need to submit a signed copy of the organisation’s governance document, signed copy of your most recent set of accounts, and list of name and addresses 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. Successful applicants: we will expect your organisation to attend a Celebration Event on Wednesday 25 March 2020 from 4.30pm -6.30pm.


To Apply

We are holding briefing sessions to provide further information to potential applicants. To reserve your place, please click on the following links:


Click here for the online application. 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 Thursday 26 September 2019. Funding allocated 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 or email


A PDF of this information is available to download here.