Grants

The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.

About the Society

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, founded in 1819, is a charity that promotes interest in science, literature and the arts – in the city of Leeds and beyond. We have meetings, lectures, entertainments, publications and visits.

Grants

The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.

Typical grants

Grants awarded normally range from £100 to £1000, though larger sums will be considered. The Society has given small sums towards a wide range of activities in the city. In many cases, a Leeds Phil & Lit grant has enabled an applicant to demonstrate local interest in a project and has enhanced their chances of winning more substantial funding from other grant-awarding organisations. Grants usually go towards activities that have several benefits – to grant holders and to the locality, to wider society and/or the environment.

Eligibility

Are you 18 or over and do you live in/close to Leeds? Do you have a good idea that comes under the heading ‘cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area’? Can you provide an analysis of expenses likely to be incurred? Details of other sources of funding, including your own money and any other awards you’ve applied for/received for this purpose? If so, then consider applying to us for a grant.

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Apply for a grant

The Grants Committee normally meets three times a year: January, May and September. The closing date for applications is the last day of the preceding month. You will be notified of the outcome of your application when the Grants Committee’s decision has been approved by Council. Every successful applicant presents a report to the Society on completion of their project showing how their grant has been used. Reports are normally published in the Society’s Annual Review.

Application Process

1

Apply

Complete an online
 application form here

2

Review

The Grants Committee will review your application either in January, May or September

3

Notify

If successful, you will receive notification of the award and will be given a date when you will receive the payment

4

Report

After you have received and used the funds, you will be required to submit a grant report form

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Some of the causes and projects our grants have supported

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