vulnerable families, pensioners and people with disabilities will be thrown a lifeline to help them cope with the harsh onset of winter.
Leeds-based community groups and charities that help to deliver frontline services are being invited to apply for funding to help those who may be at risk as the cold months start to bite.
Leeds City Council has teamed up with Leeds Community Foundation to set up the Winter Wellbeing Community Grants Scheme.
The fund will help to distribute cash to vulnerable people to help them make ends meet across the city during the coldest months of the year.
The scheme follows on from the success of last year’s Winter Warmth campaign, which was backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post, to distribute almost £60,000 in grants to help people stay warm over winter.
And Leeds Community Foundation is urging businesses and individuals in Leeds to donate and show their support for the scheme.
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “Winter is hard on many of us, but for some it is truly a challenge to survive.
“To ensure the scheme can make the biggest impact possible, Leeds Community Foundation is appealing to the public to donate and support this year’s scheme to help those in need in their communities over the winter period.
“We are delighted Leeds City Council is backing this year’s scheme and generously ensuring projects which address social isolation and other issues receive the support they need.”
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chairwoman of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “More people in Leeds are becoming exposed to adverse conditions year on year as austerity hits families, individuals and organisations.
“It isn’t just pensioners who face a struggle to manage, families with children, working adults and many other members of the community are having a hard time making ends meet too.
“This is why we are working with Leeds Community Foundation to reach out to as many affected people as we can.”
Dr Ian Cameron, Leeds City Council director of public health, added: “Making sure people in Leeds can look after their health better is a great investment to be making.
“By proactively working with partners we’re using the best opportunities to both prevent problems happening and giving people the tools and knowledge to look after themselves this winter.”
The Winter Wellbeing Grant Scheme will close for applications on Wednesday, November 26, at 5pm.