The Leeds Fund, launched in June 2016 to help community groups across Leeds, is already seeing huge demand for funding due to urgent need within communities across the city.
The Leeds Fund has assigned £100,000 in 2016 to its annual strategic focus: Mental Health.
Already £1.5m worth of requests for support have been received, demonstrating the overwhelming need across our city and the urgency of additional support to The Leeds Fund.
With less than 10 per cent of applicants being successful, LCF is approaching local businesses and individuals to get involved and help out with this shortfall in funding to ensure more projects can be supported– if not this year, then next year and beyond.
Managed by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), The Leeds Fund allows investment in the city’s communities by raising awareness and money that can be distributed in small and large grants for the short or longer term to the communities that need it most.
Leeds-born TV presenter, Gabby Logan, is patron of The Leeds Fund and John Lewis Leeds is a major supporter in 2016. The Leeds Fund’s annual strategic focus for 2016, Mental Health, is an issue which affects one in four people across the UK and costs employers £4bn per year. The #GiveLoveLeeds grants fund much-needed community work across our city, with up to £2,500 for each project. Joanna Forsey of Paperworks, who has applied to The Leeds Fund, said “It is a difficult time for the third sector with an increase in demand for services and a reduction in available funding, The Leeds Fund provides a much needed source of additional funding and support that community groups need to enable them to create positive changes in their locality and become more sustainable.”
Sally-Anne Greenfield, CEO of LCF, said: “Each year we make hundreds of grants to small charities and voluntary groups, but there are always many worthwhile applications that we have to turn down through lack of funds.
“We are committed to ensuring The Leeds Fund is here to stay - providing a constant source of funding to help these organisations. We can’t do this without support – and hope local people who are in a position to help will give to their ‘own back yard’ through The Leeds Fund.”
HOW TO DONATE TO THE LEEDS FUND
Donate online: www.theleedsfund.org.uk
Donate by cheque: make payable to “The Leeds Fund” and post to: The Leeds Fund, Leeds Community Foundation, 1st Floor, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE