Funding Fair 28th April

With the current situation we were forced to postpone our very popular funding fair. One of the people due to attend the event emailed to ask if we were going to do an online alternative. This seemed such a good idea I had to say yes. So welcome to the first Leeds Online funding fair.

So how will it work? The event will be delivered using Zoom the online video conferencing software. Each funder has been allocated a 30 minute meeting to tell you all about their grants and the process for applying. There should also be some time for questions. We will endeavour to take written questions and get you answers after the event if their isn’t time to ask your question.

You will need to book into each session that interests you and we will email you the details of how to join the meeting before it starts.

If you have never used zoom before there is a good help sheet available here.

Finally this is a free event and will remain so but if you feel able to drop something in the pot like the cost of a coffee  to help cover some of the additional costs we wouldn’t say no, just make a donation when you book your ticket for the sessions   using


Session 1             Seedlings Foundation                    10-10:30

Seedlings offers small grants of up to £1000 to organisations working with Children in Leeds


Session 2             Wharfedale Foundation               10:45 - 11:15

Wharfedale Foundation offers grants of up to £5000 to organisations working to build stronger communities across Yorkshire and Humber


Session 3             Groundwork                                      11:30 - 12:00

Groundwork has three grant programs Tesco bags of Help, ESF Community Grants and Comic Relief small grants


Session 4             Sir George Martin Trust                 12:15 - 12:45

The trust makes grants to registered charities based In West or North Yorkshire and working on the frontline to improve the lives of local people.


Session 5             Key fund                                              1:00- 1:30

The Key Fund offers flexible loans and grant/loan packages to help community and social enterprises to start up, become sustainable, or grow


Session 6             Leeds Community Foundation                               1:45 - 2:15

Leeds Community Foundation supports charities and voluntary groups across the city, addressing inequalities and working together to help create opportunities for those that most need help.


Session 7             Good Things Foundation              2:30 - 3:00

The Foundation helps people to improve their lives through digital. We tackle the most pressing social issues of our time, working with partners in thousands of communities across the UK.

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The Community Matters vision is to provide a sustainable and effective "hub" of learning, support, advice and guidance, enabling local communities and organisations to grow and achieve through the provision of a high quality service.

We do this in a number of ways through our various projects which at the moment concentrate on working with children, young people and families. But not exclusively. We are able to provide training, learning opportunities and business related advice, guidance and information to individuals and organisations.