Stay Well This Winter Grants

Grants up to £5,000 for a range of community-based projects supporting vulnerable people who are most at risk of becoming unwell over winter, due to cold and severe weather.

Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to be launching the 2020 Stay Well This Winter Grants (previously Winter Wellbeing Community Grants), with funding from Leeds City Council Public Health.

The grants will support a range of community-based projects in Leeds. Applicants should target vulnerable people who are most at risk of becoming unwell over winter, due to cold and severe weather. 

LCF are keen to build on the dedication and innovation shown by the third sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Projects should take place during the winter of 2020–21. 

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday 9th September 2020 with payment to successful applicants by November 2020. All projects must be completed by 31st March 2021.   

Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations that: 
  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document 
  • Have a management committee or board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people  
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we may be able to work around this) 
  • Are supporting people living in the Leeds Metropolitan District Area; if you are based outside the area, you will have to demonstrate links or a track record locally 

Size of Grant

The minimum request is £500. The maximum is £2,500 for organisations supporting people in a local neighbourhood, or £5,000 if you are supporting people from across the city.  Whilst the grant can be used to part-fund a wide range of activities, LCF like to see the impact their support is having. Prefer to equal at least 50% of the total cost of the activity you are applying for (i.e. any match funding for the same work must be equal to or less than our grant).   

What can the Fund support?  

The past few months have shown the incredible contribution of the third sector in Leeds to the most vulnerable residents and families in a public health crisis. LCF is keen to build on this flexibility and commitment to delivering support in a variety of ways over the coming winter. They are looking for projects that help identify vulnerable people in new ways, increase resilience and self-care reduce loneliness and/or support those living in cold housing. Applicants must sign up to partnership working and where appropriate, actively signpost and refer beneficiaries to a wide range of support (for example, influenza vaccinations, NHS and Council services, Home Plus Service, money support such as Citizens Advice, 100% Digital Team, Early Start Teams, or other third sector support services). Priority will be given to projects working with people who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (“shielded” people) and/or experience multiple vulnerabilities or disadvantage which includes (but is not limited to):  
  • young children (from new-born to school age)  
  • pregnant women  
  • people with long-term medical conditions (including heart and lung conditions)  
  • people with enduring mental health problems  
  • people with disabilities (physical or learning) 
  • frail or older people  
  • low income families (<£21K household income per annum)  
 
Types of activities that can be funded 
This programme will support organisations to introduce a new project, or to expand or add value to an existing one. Here are some examples of the type of projects that we may fund:  
  • Practical hands-on support for vulnerable residents who are isolated due to severe weather or illness e.g. doorstep delivery of food, (volunteer) transport, handypersons, shopping, collecting prescriptions, or simply a knock on the door to check on them  
  • Digital inclusion support and training to increase people’s motivation and confidence on-line 
  • Mentoring or befriending roles to help increase vulnerable people’s resilience to prepare for, and cope with, cold or adverse weather – delivered via telephone and digital support or face-to-face (in line with government restrictions) 
  • Schemes that aim to increase influenza vaccinations or Vitamin D uptake 
  • Games, crafts, culture or other activity to increase social connection and engage people with services, this can be indoor (in line with government restrictions) as well as outdoor or on–line 
  • Outreach for homeless people or rough sleepers with support to access mainstream services  
  • Pro-active initiatives to engage “new” people that may not have had access to information before i.e. beyond existing members of groups or clubs  
Please note that there is a general policy of ‘pay-as-you-feel’ for any food provision. However, we do not expect organisations to raise funds through this or to turn away those who cannot afford to pay.  

Details and on-line application form at: https://leedscf.org.uk/grants/stay-well-this-winter-grants/

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