Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants

Grant size: £2,000 to £10,000
Location: Leeds

Deadline: 17/10/2019 at 12 noon

Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants

The Wesleyan Foundation aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups with income less than £500,000 based in the region covered by the Wesleyan Assurance network, including Leeds. We are seeking established organisations that focus on:

Available Funding

Grants are available between £2,000 – £10,000 and must be spent within a year.


Priority Area

Grants are available in Leeds.


We Will Fund

  • Groups that have been running for at least 2 years.
  • Salary, equipment or volunteer costs that are clearly budgeted and only used for the project – evidence will be required.

Please note:

  • Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes including consumables, project or activity costs.
  • No more than 10% of the project costs can be assigned to operational/core costs.
  • Your application value must be no more than 20% of the organisation’s annual income.
  • Your organisation’s income level must less than £500,000, as shown in your most recent annual accounts.


You can apply to this fund if you are one of the following:

  • Registered charities
  • Constituted Community groups
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies
  • Social Enterprises

 **Funding to Community Interest Companies and other non-charities may include conditions to restrict funding to charitable objectives only.

Please note, we are unable to fund the following:

  • Individuals or sole traders
  • Arts and media focussed projects
  • Sports clubs and societies (unless the project benefits disabled people)
  • Contact sports such as boxing
  • Capital Builds
  • Direct replacement of statutory obligations and public funding
  • Promotion of religious or political activities
  • Groups with significant financial free reserves
  • Organisations or charities which are solely to promote any particular religion
  • Organisations who have indicated poor management of any previous grants or who present poor financial health
  • Payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans
  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (e.g. disabled riding schemes)
  • Statutory work in educational institutions
  • Pure sponsorship purposes or funding purely for costs of fund-raising events


Additional Supporting Information

To be eligible to apply you must be able to provide proof of:

  • Your organisation / company has a management committee / board of trustees / board of directors with at least 3 unrelated people as members, a list of those directors will be required showing who has bank authorisation.
  • A written constitution / articles / set of rules.
  • A copy of your most recent annual accounts or financial records showing your organisation’s balance of funds, income and reserves.
  • A bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated signatories
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months
  • Copies of your safeguarding/policy (if you will be working with children or vulnerable adults)
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Quotes for capital items over £300


When can you apply?

 The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 17/10/2019. Funding will be awarded in January 2020.


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 highly 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 Wesleyan Foundation 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 to 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 grants@leedscf.org.uk.


A PDF of this information is available to download here.