The Leeds Fund: Micro Grants

Location: Leeds, England


  • 28 January, 12 noon
  • 29 April, 12 noon
  • 29 July, 12 noon

Leeds Community Foundation's Micro Grants scheme aims to help individuals and small, un-constituted voluntary groups improve the lives of the people in their communities through volunteer-led activities that aim to make a positive difference.

Grants between £100 and £500 are available 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.

Who can apply?

Individual people who are active in the community (sometimes called social entrepreneurs) or un-incorporated and un-constituted groups with income of under £2,500 in the past 12 months or who are new to funding. Priority will be given to individuals and the above un-incorporated and un-constituted groups who work in more deprived communities or have new and innovative ideas to improve the lives of local people.  We can only accept one application per individual/informal group during each calendar year.

What can the Fund support?

The fund can be spent on a wide range of items including volunteer expenses, publicity costs, equipment, room hire, materials for activities, etc. Among the activities to be supported are those that bring joy, creativity and expression to life such as gardening, sports, language or dance sessions. Projects might also focus on environmental conservation, such as litter picking or community vegetable gardens.

How to apply?

Applications are open during the months of January, April, July and October and they close at midday on the final working day of the month. Applications are assessed in the month after they are submitted (February, May, August, November). You can apply via the online application form.

Learn more about the application guidelines via Leeds Community Foundation's website.