Foundation is in the running for prestigious prize

Leeds Community Foundation handed out grants earlier this year to get young people to show their creative side.

Leeds Community Foundation handed out grants earlier this year to get young people to show their creative side.

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Leeds Community Foundation has been shortlisted for a prestigious award celebrating its contribution to community groups across the city.

The foundation, which was launched in 2004, has helped to distribute more than £22million over the last decade to thousands of charities and organisations across Leeds.

The charity, which is dedicated to bringing about change in local communities, has been nominated in the Great Giving Funder’s Award section of the Directory of Social Change Awards.

The foundation is now set to go head-to-head with its counter-part London Community Foundation and Community Development Foundation for the accolade.

A spokeswoman for the foundation said: “This year was the first time Leeds Community Foundation have applied to this national awards scheme.

“A key reason we made our application was to raise awareness of our work in the city and the complexities of what we do as an organisation; for instance, the emphasis we put on small grants and their importance, our focus on making grant eligibility as clear as possible and making the application process simple and effective.”

The foundation aims to connect individuals and organisations with community groups in Leeds.

Earlier this year the charity raised thousands of pounds as part of the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Winter Warmth campaign.

More than £30,000 was distributed to groups working with the elderly and other vulnerable people during the coldest months of the year.

The organisation has given out over 500 grants during 2013/14 focussing on providing support in areas of deprivation to address the city’s needs.

Groups that have benefited from the cash include domestic violence charity Behind Closed Doors, Care and Repair Leeds, Lineham Farm and Cross Gates and District Good Neighbour Scheme,

Voting for the Social Change Awards is open until November 17 and the results will be announced during a glittering ceremony in London at the start of next month.

For more information about the awards and to cast a vote visit www.socialchangeawards.org.uk/vote.

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