Covid-19 Strategic Infrastructure Grants in Leeds

Leeds Community Foundation grants of £15,000 to £25,000 for organisations providing new, or additional infrastructure support to communities as a result of the pandemic.

Covid-19 Strategic Infrastructure Grants

Following the distribution of over £2m of grants in Leeds since April 2020 to grassroots organisations through both emergency response and resilience funding, Leeds Community Foundation are providing larger grants of £15,000 to £25,000 for organisations providing new, or additional infrastructure support to communities as a result of the pandemic.

By infrastructure activity LCF mean:
• playing a role in co-ordinating activity taking place across the city in response to the pandemic
• connecting people or organisations at a cross-city level to work together to alleviate the impact of
  Covid-19 on vulnerable people
• acting as “systems leaders” in a locality or within a particular community of people to ensure a coordinated      response to needs arising as a result of the pandemic.


Applications are welcome from both infrastructure organisations, and other types of organisation that are providing infrastructure support at this time. Activity can be about preventing further negative impacts on communities, or focused on relieving the adverse effects faced by our communities now: or both.
This funding is available as the result of a partnership with National Emergencies Trust and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and thus is subject to different monitoring requirements to many of LCF's usual grants, and must be spent by the end March 2021.

Who can apply?

Not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises that:
• Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
• Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people, none of whom have significant control
• Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories
• Are based in and supporting people living in Leeds

Scale of Grants

6-10 grants between £15,000 and £25,000 per grant. The grant must not represent more than 25% of your annual turnover during the grant expenditure period (equivalent to 12.5% of turnover per annum). This means to apply for a grant of £25,000 for example, you need to have an annual turnover of £200,000 or above.

What can the Fund support?

Funding will be targeted at:
• Applications working to combat hardship including economic, social or health impacts caused by the pandemic
• Applications that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and  well being is maintained including those who are self-isolating, community response co-ordination and informal groups responding to the crisis
• Applications in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response
• Applications supporting people or communities of interest who have been disproportionately affected

LCF know that Covid-19 has had a disproportionately negative impact on black and minority ethnic communities, who were already less likely to receive fair access to funding: thus are particularly keen to fund infrastructure approaches led by people from within these communities. LCF will also prioritise applications serving communities of interest and those they have not yet reached with their smaller grant
funding since the start of Covid-19; namely gypsy and traveller communities.
LCF will prioritise applications that are building on co-ordinated responses that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. They will also prioritise those where the approach taken can be embedded longer-term in the local system following the end of the grant period.

What can the Fund not support?

Grants will not be awarded to or for:
• For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
• Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
• Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
• Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
• Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
• Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
• Individuals
• Expeditions or overseas travel
• Capital appeals for building projects

When can you apply?

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on Tuesday 8th September 2020. Funding will be awarded in late September/early-October 2020.

How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form - please read guidelines and access the form on from the website: https://leedscf.org.uk/grants/covid-19-strategic-infrastructure-grants-leeds/  Contact details are available on the site - please contact the fund if you need any advice.