Community Led Local Development Leeds 2019 Update

The third round of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Leeds funding calls will go live on Monday 25 February 2019.

The third round of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Leeds funding calls will go live on Monday 25 February 2019. CLLD is funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market into employment or training and to help create new businesses and support existing ones. The calls will be made up of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) monies. ERDF aims to create employment opportunities and develop entrepreneurs and ESF aims to move people closer to and into employment.

There are three CLLD programmes in Leeds: Energising East Leeds, West Leeds Working, West Leeds Thriving, and South Leeds Together with over £3.3 million worth of funding available for projects across the three areas. There will be six calls in total in this round - one ESF call and one ERDF in each of the three areas and are based on the content of the Local Development Strategies.  All organisations within the third, public and private sectors can apply for funding. Organisations who bid will need to provide an equal amount of match funding for their project. The programme is introducing a one stage application process for applicants in 2019 rather than the two stage process of the previous two rounds of funding. Organisations will be able to submit an application anytime until Tuesday 17th December but are recommended to submit as soon as possible as once the funding have been allocated there will be no more funds.

The 3 Local Action Groups (LAG) - one in each area - are partnerships made up of local residents, private, public and third sector representatives. They appraise applications and make the final decision on whether projects are approved. The LAGs, amongst other things, are looking for applications that:
  • Are innovative and do not duplicate what the applicant organisation or others already do.
  • Meet the needs of local people
  • Support residents and businesses in the identified CLLD postcode areas.

All details of the calls and application forms will be on If you would like to know more, please contact the CLLD Funding Support Workers (FSWs), listed below for the relevant area. Applicant organisations are recommended to talk to their Funding Support Worker from the outset and keep talking to them review project ideas and ensure that proposals align with what the LAGs are looking to support and the rules and regulations for ESIF funding.