Leeds Pride 2019 Community Grant  


Leeds Pride: campaigns for equality and challenges discrimination, creates opportunity for engagement and participation and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life through an annual free LGBT+ Pride event and affiliated events.

We are calling out to organisationsand groups across the city to come and get involved with Leeds Pride. This could be through holding a theatre, dance, film or sports event to recognise and celebrate the 50th anniversary since the Stonewall riots; a conference or workshop to engage with the LGBT community in Leeds; a LGBT+ book club meeting; digital and hack events and much much more.

Any event that receives a Leeds Pride Community Grant will be listed on the Leeds Pride website and as will be promoted through the Leeds Pride communications and social media channels and also those of our partners, sponsors and supporters. 


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The Leeds Pride Community Grant 2019 is in partnership with Wellington Place. 


What are we looking to fund through the Leeds Pride 2019 community grant?  

The Leeds Pride community grant in 2019 has two aims. To support activities specifically in Leeds that celebrate the diversity of LGBT+ life and people’s experiences and to engage LGBT+ people through culture.


Events, activity and projects for 2019 that engage with and work with disabled LGBT+ people and People of Colour/Black Asian Minority Ethnic (POC/BAME) LGBT+ are particularly encouraged.


In your application, you will need to demonstrate that you are a community/voluntary group or organisation who is making a positive lasting contribution to LGBT+ life in Leeds and you are working towards an event/initiative/project that engages LGBT+ people through culture.


You will also need to show how through your event, activity or project you will:

·      Improve and enhance the wellbeing of LGBT+ people living in, working in and visiting Leeds.

·      Contribute to a thriving LGBT+ culture where people feel valued, accepted and engaged.

·      Provide a safe, welcoming space that embraces diversity and challenges prejudice and discrimination.

·      Educate the wider community about equality and diversity.

·      Benefit all members of the community regardless of age, race, gender, religion and belief, disability, sex and sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. 


We are keen to support LGBT+ community events and activity that will take place over the whole of the Leeds Pride weekend, in particular events, activity or projects on the 2nd, 3rd and 5Th August 2019.  However if your event, activity or project will support members of the LGBT+ community to participate in Leeds Pride Sunday (4th August 2019) for example an activity that will enable people to join in the parade, your application will still be considered.    


We are keen to support events, activities and projects that have been developed and will be delivered by LGBT+ groups and networks working together so please make sure that you show this in your application form.  


Your event, activity or project does not have to be restricted to the city centre but does need to be held in the Leeds city boundary. 

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to £300 to support your event, activity or project.

To ensure fairness we will only award one grant per organisation.


Please include a full breakdown of your expected costs with your application form and show what the Leeds Pride 2019 community grant will be paying for. 


What we will not fund

·      Commercial or profit making events.

·      Events, activities or projects that through their design or delivery do not engage with the LGBT+ community in Leeds. 

·      Club nights or commercial LGBT+ scene events.  

·      Resources that are not for the sole use of your proposed event, activity or project.

·      Fund or partially fund a salary or directly contribute towards operational staff costs.

·      Meals or alcoholic drinks. However we will support light refreshments such as tea, coffee and biscuits. 

·      Organisations that already receive grant or public sector funding to engage or work with LGBT+ communities in Leeds. 


Leeds Pride community grant accessibility requirements

We will include accessibility information as part of all events listings to help us fulfill our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We would strongly encourage you to choose a fully accessible venue, that are assistance dog friendly, include BSL interpretation or speech to text facilities. We would further encourage you to consider the needs of our diverse communities, as people’s experiences of Pride can vary depending on their gender, sexuality, romanticism, race, age, religion, disability, financial situation and support networks. Some people will be attending an LGBT+ event for the first time and/or they may be alone. It is important that our events make all our communities feel welcome, so we encourage you to set up a meet and greet where possible. We want our events to be open to all genders and sexualities, although we recognisethat some events may be aimed at a certain community (e.g. women, families, bisexual people or people of faith). We ask you to explain any restrictions within all publicity, particularly if your event is not open to all genders and sexualities. Please note that we will not accept events that exclude trans or genderqueer people. If an event is men or women only, it must be open to all people who self-define as men or women.


Decision making

Please complete and return your application form by 5pm on the 7th June 2019. 


All applications will be considered by a panel of representatives from the Leeds LGBT+ Hub who will make recommendations to the Leeds Pride directors. The decision to award funding to an event, activity or project will be up to the sole discretion of the directors of Leeds Pride. 


Successful applicants will informed by the 19th June 2019.



All successful events, activities or projects will have to display the Leeds Pride logo (which will be provided) on any publicity recognising the contribution on the Leeds Pride 2019 community grant.      


Need more information? 

The Leeds LGBT+ Hub at their meeting on the 14th May 2019 will be able to provide advice and information to any individuals and organizations who are wanting to apply for a Leeds Pride Community Grant 2019.


For more information contact: 

Geoff Turnbull – Leeds City Council LGBT+ Engagement Officer




Citizens and Communities

Leeds City Council

Enterprise House, 12 St Pauls St, Leeds, LS1 2LE


0113 3785998