Leeds Building Society Foundation
As of July 2022, we’ve shifted our Charitable Foundation’s focus to supporting those in need of a safe and secure home, and we want to provide UK registered charities with grants to support this purpose.
About the Foundation
Since 1999, the Foundation has donated more than £2 million to 3,000 local projects and good causes across the UK. Previously the Foundation provided support to those who were disadvantaged or in vulnerable circumstances.
The Foundation is run independently by a board of eight trustees, who review the applications every three months.
The Foundation receives funding from Leeds Building Society and from members' donations via the Your Interest in Theirs scheme. Members can opt-in to donate the pence of their interest which is then equally split between Leeds Building Society Foundation and our national charity partner.
Your project must meet our purpose through one or more of the following criteria themes:
- Financial stress
- Education and advice
- Security and refuge
The list below indicates potential projects or organisations that may fit our purpose and criteria themes. This list doesn't include every option, but should give a good idea of what we can fund.
- Sustainability - projects that help with fuel poverty, energy efficiency or climate action relating to homes and housing
- Health - projects that help those with health needs with housing, adaptations or advice
- Financial stress - projects that help with bills or debt stress
- Accessibility - projects that reduce loneliness, provide supported living services or adapt homes to make them safer for those with accessibility needs
- Education and advice - projects that support money management or provide advice services
- Security and refuge - projects that support emergency accommodation
The Foundation is unfortunately unable to support:
- Religious, military, or political projects
- Charities or projects based overseas
- Individuals (including sponsorship)
- Animal welfare projects
- Local Scouts, Brownies or Girlguiding groups
- Medical research
- Retrospective costs (reimbursement for costs already incurred)
- Charities and projects that don’t align with our purpose of supporting people in need of a safe and secure home
Our grants provide funding to projects that support those in need of a safe and secure home.
View our grant giving guide (PDF, 834KB) for more information, including eligibility and scoring criteria.
You can apply for a small grant or a large grant, depending on how much you want to apply for.
Small grants (up to £1,000)
For our small grants, we only accept requests to fund capital expenditure. This means that we fund the purchase of items used to directly help those in need, rather than contributing to a charity's running costs.
We'll only accept small grant applications from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1 million.
Large grants (£25,000-£100,000)
Applicants for large grants can apply for between £25,000 and £100,000. This can be a one year grant, or split across two or three years.
You can apply for core, project and/or capital costs. You can apply for new work or existing work, as long as you’re not requesting retrospective funding. We advise you to apply for what you need the most, in order to support those in need of a safe and secure home.
For our large grants, we’re only accepting grants from organisations based in or delivering work in Yorkshire and/or the North East of England.
We’ll only accept large grant applications from UK registered charities. There are no restrictions on turnover for our large grants.
Our large grant programme is currently closed and will reopen in December 2023.
After you've applied
Your application will be considered at the next scheduled meeting.
If your application is successful, you’ll be contacted within eight weeks after the meeting date. You’ll need to complete a short impact form at the end of each year of funding.
If you applied for a small grant, you can apply for funding again, but not for the same items of expenditure.
If you applied for a large grant, you can apply for funding again 12 months after your last application.
Unfortunately, we're unable to give feedback on unsuccessful applications.