St Chad’s Small Grants Fund

Grant size:  £500 to £2,000

Location: St Chad’s Parish

Deadline: 27/06/2019

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?

The fund opens on the 13 May 2019 and the deadline to apply is 12:00 noon on Thursday 27 June.

Funding will be awarded in August 2019.


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. Copies of safeguarding policy documents will be requested if applicable.

We expect this programme to be oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment.

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 statement.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


What happens after you’ve applied?

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application.  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. 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 and a grant funding agreement you will need to sign. The grant must be spent within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant. You must also 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 provide appropriate monitoring information 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 the St Chad’s 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. 


To Apply

Click the ‘Apply Now’ button on the left of this page 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



A PDF of this information is available to download here.