Leathersellers’ Foundation operates two grant programmes for UK charities:

  1. Small Grants Programme for unrestricted one-off grants of up to £5,000.
  2. Main Grants Programme for unrestricted grants (core costs) of between £20,000 and £25,000 per year for a period of up to four years.

The Main Grants Programme accepts applications from UK registered charities or charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) that are;

  • Operating in the UK in an area of deprivation.
  • Have an organisational income over £200,000 and under £2 million (for the coming or current year).
  • Work to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as their core focus.
  • Use a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based interventions.
  • Can demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach through evaluation or external research.
  • Are either lived-experience led or can show significant input from those with lived experience
  • Leathersellers recognises that some communities suffer from a greater likelihood of ACEs due to systemic barriers. It welcomes applications from charities who support under-represented groups.

The Main Grants Programme:

Applications were invited from charities that work to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by providing services to children and young people and/or adult survivors in recovery. The term ACEs is used to recognise traumatic events that occur during childhood that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical, emotional and mental health throughout their life. Examples include:

  • Abuse – physical, sexual or psychological/emotional.
  • Neglect – physical or psychological/emotional.
  • Domestic abuse.
  • Substance misuse by a close family member.
  • Mental illness of a close family member.
  • Having a close family member serve time in prison.
  • Parental or caregiver separation or divorce on account of relationship breakdown.
  • Charities should use a a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based interventions.
  • The foundation recognises that some communities suffer from a greater likelihood of ACEs due to systemic barriers. It welcomes applications from charities who support under-represented groups.

The Small Grants Programme considers applications from UK registered charities including charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) but not community interest companies (CICs). To be eligible organisations must be:

  • Providing assistance to vulnerable people in their community.
  • Working in geographical areas of high deprivation in the UK.
  • Have an annual income under £200,000.

The funder is looking for organisations that:

  • Are open and transparent about their work and finances.
  • Provide good value for money.
  • Are working in partnership with others.

Unrestricted one-off grants can be used to support the activities of small UK registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations but not community interest companies, that are currently supporting vulnerable people and working in geographical areas of high deprivation in the UK.

The deadline for expression of interest for the main grants programme 2023 is 19 May 2023 (11.59pm). An online application form is available to complete on the Leathersellers website.


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