#SpeakYourMind: Funding boost for vital projects at heart of Leeds

Kate Hainsworth, from Leeds Community Foundation, James Prince, from John Lewis Leeds, members of three local charites that have benefited from the grants: (left to right) Jessica Kennan, from Kidz Club, Francesca Joy, from Imagine If Theatre, Scarlett Kelly, Sharon kennedy, and Simon Johnson, from Luv2meet.
Kate Hainsworth, from Leeds Community Foundation, James Prince, from John Lewis Leeds, members of three local charites that have benefited from the grants: (left to right) Jessica Kennan, from Kidz Club, Francesca Joy, from Imagine If Theatre, Scarlett Kelly, Sharon kennedy, and Simon Johnson, from Luv2meet.
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A series of grants have been awarded to projects that put Leeds communities at the heart of their work.

Almost £19,000 has been handed out to community groups by the Leeds Community Foundation’s (LCF) The Leeds Fund, which is this year focusing its support on mental health projects in the city.

The latest round of #GiveLoveLeeds grants, supported by John Lewis Leeds, will see eight projects boosted by up to £2,500.

They include ChildSide, Community Central Cafe and Kidz Klub, which were awarded cash to run activities to improve confidence, self-esteem, and resilience among young people and their families.

The funding comes after the YEP launched our #SpeakYourMind campaign, calling on people in Leeds to help combat mental health stigma.

Kate Hainsworth, development director at the LCF, said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to fund even more projects through The Leeds Fund, thanks to the support of companies like John Lewis Leeds.

“We are truly grateful for their help and hope their generosity will inspire other companies to get involved with The Leeds Fund to ensure community based projects continue to make a real difference to people’s lives in Leeds.”

Other projects to benefit from a grant include Basis Training and Education, Imagine If Theatre Company, Luv2meetU, Red Road Allotment and ToastLoveCoffee.

The funding was announced at John Lewis’ Leeds store, at Victoria Gate, this week.

James Prince, head of branch for John Lewis Leeds, said: “We are proud to be part of Leeds skyline and play our part in contributing to the wellbeing of the local community. We are delighted that our donation to The Leeds Fund is still helping to make a difference and support a wide range of worthwhile causes.”

The Leeds Fund launched in 2016, backed by local businesses, and has distributed more than £550,000 in large strategic grants, as well as #GiveLoveLeeds funding for smaller community groups.

The LCF relies on donations in order to fund its generous grants.

Applications for the next #GiveLoveLeeds funding round start in May.

To support The Leeds Fund, visit www.theleedsfund.org.uk

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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