Hammerson, in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, as part of its Victoria Gate Fund has launched a grant initiative to offer funding to local third sector groups working in arts and culture, or projects providing employment opportunities or supporting enterprise and skills development.
Leeds-based charities and community groups working with individuals in the city, can each apply to receive grants of up to £2,500. The closing date for funding applications is 5pm on Monday 7 March, 2016. Full details on how to apply can be found at www.leedscf.org.uk/victoria-gate.
Hammerson’s Victoria Gate Fund was launched at the beginning of the development to support local projects in Leeds that develop the employment skills and experience of young people. Previously, the Victoria Gate Fund has awarded grants to seven local organisations totalling £15,000.
Jon Brookes, community manager at Hammerson, said: “With the launch of Victoria Gate fast approaching, our commitment to the Leeds community remains a key priority, and after such positive results further to awarding our previous grants, we’ve decided to make this year’s contribution even bigger and better, increasing the potential to reach even more organisations to help them achieve their goals.”
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “It’s fantastic to once again be working with Hammerson and the Victoria Gate Fund. The grants programme will provide vital support to organisations that are at the heart of Leeds. Sometimes these organisations need only a small amount of financial support to help them achieve their goals; the Victoria Gate Fund is designed just for that.
“We would urge local charities and organisations to get in touch to find out if they could qualify for a grant.”