St Chad’s Small Grants Fund

Grant size:  £500 to £2,000

Location: St Chad’s Parish

Deadline: Closed

St Chad's Small Grants Fund



In 2011, St Chad’s Parish Church, Far Headingley set up a special Endowment Fund with the Leeds Community Foundation, which benefited from match funding under a government scheme called Grassroots Grants.  We are now able to distribute the income from this Fund, in the form of small grants, to local community projects.  We do this this annually and this is the eighth round of funding.


This funding programme is aimed at small, locally-based voluntary and community groups and registered charities and will distribute grants in between £500 – £2,000. Projects must primarily benefit local people in the St. Chad’s Parish boundaries, which include all or part of the Far Headingley, Headingley, Weetwood, Lawnswood, West Park, Becketts Park and Highbury areas.  Successful projects are expected to spend the grant award within 12 months of receipt of the award or by the date advised on the offer letter.




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 St. Chad’s Parish, which includes all or part of the Far Headingley, Headingley, Weetwood, Lawnswood, West Park, Beckett’s Park and Highbury areas. You can find out whether your project is within the boundaries here –




Size of Grant


The minimum request is £500. The maximum is £2,000.  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. 




What can the Fund support?


Grants will be made to support a wide range of causes with the primary focus on meeting social needs.  The Fund will give priority to activity under any of the following themes:


  • Isolation of young or older people
  • Activities that encourage local people to collaborate on projects and reduce isolation
  • Local environmental issues
  • Volunteering projects
  • Inter-generational activities




Types of activities that can be funded


We are looking to fund grassroots projects that will benefit local residents and promote community cohesion.  We recognise that you will know what is best needed in your community and we encourage you to explore project ideas you feel will have the greatest impact.






Grants will not be awarded to or for:


  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) 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
  • Individuals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
  • Organisations seeking to move into the area because funding is available, without any local connections or demonstration of need for their work




When can you apply?


This fund is currently closed for applications.



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