The Leche Trust grants

The Leche Trust

The Leche Trust’s main grants programme supports projects in two areas: performing arts and conservation. Trustees will consider grants up to £5,000. In 2017 they awarded 83 grants totalling £172,400. The average grant was £2,077. Applicants must be UK registered charities, public authorities or public institutions. Applications are not accepted from Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals. There are 2 main grant streams:

Performing Arts: The Trustees support projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new work and on the development of young professionals aged 18 or over. Trustees are sympathetic to projects that widen geographical access to the performing arts, for example through festivals and touring.

Conservation: The Trustees support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work. Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact.

Deadlines: The deadlines for applications for the meetings in 2018 are:
Friday 20 April for the June 2018 meeting,
Friday 17 August for the October 2018 meeting.

For full details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Leche Trust website.


Postcode Community Trust Small Grants Programme (England, Scotland & Wales)

Postcode Community Trust will re-open its Small Grants Programme on the 14th February 2018 for Expressions of Interest. The Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills & resources to effect change in their own communities. In previous years the Trust has provided grants of £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community’s physical and mental health. Funding is available to registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises. Please note that in previous years only registered charities could apply for grants above £2,000. Full application guidelines for the new funding round will be published in January.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Adel Pre-School in Leeds which received a grant of £20,000 to construct an outdoor play area with specific focus on sensory elements.
  • Blantyre Soccer Academy which received a grant of £13,070 to purchase new training equipment and other items allowing them to expand their youth outreach programmes.

The closing date for submitting Expressions will be the 28th February 2018. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between the 28th Marchand the 11th April 2018.

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