Stay Well This Winter Grants

Grant size: to £2,500 (area-based projects) or £5,000 (citywide projects)

Location: Leeds

Deadline: 20/09/19 at 12noon

Stay Well this Winter Grants

Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to be launching the 2019 Stay Well This Winter Grants (previously Winter Wellbeing Community Grants), with funding from Leeds City Council Public Health. The scheme will support a range of community-based projects in Leeds. Applicants should target vulnerable people who are the most susceptible to the adverse effects of cold and severe weather. People supported must live in Leeds and can be from any age group. Projects should take place during the winter of 2019 – 2020.

Applications must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 20th September 2019 and we aim to pay successful applicants in November 2019. All projects must be completed by 31st March 2020.

Who can apply?
Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee or 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 may be able to work around this)
  • Are supporting people living in the Leeds Metropolitan District Area; if you are based outside the area, you will have to demonstrate links or a track record locally

Size of Grant
The minimum request is £500. The maximum is £2,500 for organisations supporting people in a local neighbourhood, or £5,000 if you are supporting people from across the city.  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 you are applying for (i.e. any match funding for the same work must be equal to or less than our grant).

What can the Fund support?
We are looking for innovative ideas that identify vulnerable people and support them to cope with cold or severe weather. We are particularly keen for projects to increase resilience and self-care, reduce social isolation, and help vulnerable people living in cold housing. It is essential that applicants can show they work with other organisations to actively refer and signpost beneficiaries to a wide range of support (e.g. Home Plus Service, Citizens Advice, Leeds City Council services, Early Start Teams, flu jabs etc.).

Priority will be given to projects working with people who experience multiple vulnerabilities or disadvantage which includes (but is not limited to):

  • young children (from new-born to school age)
  • pregnant women
  • people with long-term medical conditions (including, but not limited to cardiovascular conditions, asthma, COPD, other respiratory conditions)
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with disabilities (physical or learning)
  • frail older people
  • people on low income

Types of activities that can be funded
This programme will support organisations to introduce a new project, or to expand or add value to an existing one. Here are some examples of the type of projects that we may fund:

  • Befriending or mentoring roles to help increase vulnerable people’s resilience to prepare for, and cope with, cold or adverse weather
  • Practical hands-on support for vulnerable residents to help others in a period of severe weather e.g. handypersons, shopping, community transport, or simply popping in to check on them
  • Schemes that aim to reduce the spread of infections, increase flu vaccinations or Vitamin D uptake
  • Activity that enables vulnerable people to get to medical appointments, collect prescriptions etc. in cold/adverse weather conditions
  • Outreach for homeless people or rough sleepers with support to access mainstream services
  • Craft, games or other activity to engage people with services and address social isolation
  • Innovative campaigns or activities in a specific area to engage “new” people that may not have had access to information before i.e. beyond existing members of groups or clubs 

The following can only be funded if they are tailored to individual needs as part of a wider project with ongoing support. They will not be funded in isolation:

  • Generic winter wellbeing packs or item giveaways
  • Hot food deliveries
  • One off information stalls/events
  • Assistance around heating, utility bills and benefits unless you have identified a specific gap not addressed by current provision e.g. to suit a specific disability, language/literacy or other need
  • Exercise classes as the primary activity of the grant

Please note that there is a general policy of ‘pay-as-you-feel’ for any food provision. However, we do not expect organisations to raise funds through this or to turn away those who cannot afford to pay.


Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations, individuals, statutory organisations (e.g. schools, Children’s Centres 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
  • Trips or overseas travel
  • Capital appeals, including building work, refurbishment or vehicle purchase
  • Research costs
  • Activity or items already funded by other sources
  • Heaters, due to health and safety risks associated with these. These can only be issued in exceptional circumstances and require a discussion with LCF grants team. Instead we strongly urge groups to refer to Home Plus Service
  • General management fees and contributions to core costs; all budget items must be specific and attributable to the activity applied for, but this can include staff time and resources used in relevant planning, reporting and administration
  • Production or distribution of newsletters to members/residents
  • One off Christmas events or meals
  • Existing lunch club activity e.g. free meals for regular members


When can you apply?
The deadline for all applications is 12noon on Friday 20th September 2019. We aim to pay successful organisations in November 2019 and all activity must be complete by March 31st 2020. Any funding not spent at this time will have to be returned to be redistributed next year. Funded organisations will be expected to participate in mid-project updates and submit a reporting form by Friday 17th April 2020.


How do you apply for a grant?
To apply you need to complete an online application form and will also need to submit a copy of the organisation’s governance document, recent accounts and a list of names of the management committee/board members. Copies of safeguarding policy documents will be requested if applicable.

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, click on the ‘ Apply Now’ button above. We strongly suggest you submit your application well in advance of the deadline. 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 eligible, it will then be submitted to an independent awards panel for further consideration. We will tell you their decision by email as soon as possible after they have met.

If you are successful, the grant offer e-mail will include any additional conditions set by the panel and a grant funding agreement you will need to sign. You must also complete an end of grant report telling us how the grant has been spent and what was achieved. 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 contact you by email to let you know. Please note we have limited funding available and we are not able to fund every eligible 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 Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds City Council Public Health on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential monitoring visit from funders.

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