New grant programme launched to support small groups

Today (22 February 2024) a supportive new programme has been launched in Leeds aimed at capacity building for small, not-for-profit groups.

The fund, which is a partnership between Forum Central, Leeds Community Anchor Network (LCAN) and Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) will see up to 50 small groups supported with training, linked into local networks and also given £1,000 to support their ongoing work.

Fifty grants are being made available from the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and will be awarded from now through until October this year.

Hamara Healthy Living Centre is an LCAN member and coordinator of the project. Raheem Mohammed, Director at Hamara, stated:

“This fund is a great opportunity for us to work closely with our partners to cultivate and support the small groups in Leeds that do so much hard work representing and supporting the diverse communities of Leeds.

“We are targeting the work in the 6 priority wards plus Middleton and are looking for applications from organisations working with groups most affected by health inequalities.  We are here to help, so if you need help with the application or just want a chat please get in touch.”

Each applicant will get to choose three free training courses to help bring capacity to their organisations, for example applying for funding, registering as a charity or even courses such as Food Hygiene. Groups wanting support are encouraged to get involved and be part of the programme.

So, if you or a group you know have a turnover of less than around £25,000 a year and want to get involved, please have a look at the poster below and share!

Groups in the three Inner South wards of Beeston & Holbeck, Hunslet & Riverside and Middleton Park can apply for these grants.

For more information, please contact Nachu at

For an application form click here or scan the QR code in the poster below


This post is based on a press release issued by Hamara Healthy Living Centre


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