Since 1999 the Foundation has donated more than £2,000,000 to 3,000 local projects and good causes across the UK, which support those who are disadvantaged or in vulnerable circumstances. The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

The Foundation receives funding from Leeds Building Society and from member donations via the ‘Your Interest in Theirs scheme’*. It is run independently by a board of six trustees who review applications every quarter.

Who can apply

From 1st January 2020, the Foundation will only accept applications from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1m.

Donations usually fund items of "capital expenditure". That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs.

The Foundation is unable to support:

  • Religious, military or political projects
  • Charities based overseas
  • Individuals (including sponsorship)
  • Animal welfare projects
  • Medical research
  • Administrative costs including salaries, rent or promotional materials
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Building restoration
  • Items for staff use

You don't need to have an account or mortgage with Leeds Building Society to apply for funding.

How to apply

To apply for a donation, use our online form.

After you've applied

We will try to consider your application at the next scheduled meeting. But if we have a large number of applications, or if we don't have enough funds available, we may need to take it to another meeting during the year.

If your application is successful, donations are made by cheque to the official name of your charity, normally within 7 days of the meeting.

Unsuccessful applications

You can apply for funding again if your application is unsuccessful, but not for the same item of expenditure.

Unfortunately, we can't give feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Meeting dates

Please submit your application 28 days before the next meeting date, otherwise we won't be able to review it until the meeting date after.

2022 Meeting dates
Wednesday 9 March. Last date for applications is Monday 7 February.
Wednesday 29 June. Last date for applications is Monday 30 May.
Wednesday 7 September. Last date for applications is Monday 8 August.
Tuesday 22 November. Last date for applications is Monday 24 October.
Apply for funding

*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.