Funding Opportunities For Community Organisations

Two sources of important funding for groups and individuals in need in South Leeds have deadlines coming up which such groups should be aware of.

Health for all logo

Firstly, Community First Grants, convened by Health For All, are available for a range of projects that meet the five community priorities of: providing positive activities for young people, improving the street scene and open spaces, improving health, economic wellbeing, and community cohesion and awareness of services across the area. Thousands of pounds are available right now. Decisions are made locally by a panel of citizens who know and understand their respective neighbourhoods. Grants range in size from £250 to £2,500 and are allocated according to the city wards in which they take place. Further information and application forms can be found here.

The Metcalfe Smith Trust

Secondly, The Metcalfe Smith Trust make grants where the money will make a significant difference to the quality of life or independence of adults or children with a physical disability, long term illness or a mental health difficulty in Leeds. The next application deadline is April 29th.

The trust will provide grants for the purchase of equipment, or pay for course fees leading to greater independence or employment, or provide a respite break which enable any of the above. Grants can be made to both individuals and organisations.

The trust is one of the longest established grantmakers in Leeds. It only give grants to applicants living in the area of benefit – which is within the metropolitan district of the city. Grants are usually between £250 and £2,500. For more information and to request an application form go to

Says Jason Slack, Chair of the Trust :

The Metcalfe Smith Trust has been helping those people most in need in Leeds since 1867. We are very keen to ensure that funding goes where it can make the greatest positive impact on the quality of lives and encourage greater independence. We look forward to seeing the applications that should enable that soon.

This short video shows the difference that one grant made to the work of Leeds Autism Services.


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