Small Grants Programme

UPDATED June 2020: Please note the small grants programme is currently closed to new applications.

If you would like to be kept up to date with news about our grant-giving as and when this is released, you can add yourself to an email list here.  

Want to know more about our Covid-19 response to date? See an update on our funding here.

For ideas of where else to find funding for your charity, please see the links compiled here.

For those based in London we suggest applying via the London Funders portal where we and other funders will have access to your application, so reducing your workload.

PLEASE NOTE: the small grants programme is currently closed and no new applications are being accepted (more information at the top of the page). The information below relates to the Covid-19 emergency small grants programme that ran from April – June 2020.

In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme will prioritise applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients (in-person essential nursing that has to take place even in the midst of this crisis)

We do not typically fund:

  • Medical research
  • Hospices
  • Capital restoration projects

Can I reapply?

Due to the exceptional nature of the emergency small grant programme (running 30 March – 11th May 2020) we have altered our usual time frames in certain cases:

  • If you were awarded a small grant or main grant in the last twelve months, you cannot apply for an emergency small grant (our support in this area is being channelled in a more proactive manner).
  • If you were unsuccessful following a small or main grant application in the last twelve months, you can apply for an emergency small grant.
  • For those organisations who receive an emergency small grant in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).
  • For those organisations who were unsuccessful following an emergency small grant application in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).

PLEASE NOTE: the small grants programme is currently closed and no new applications are being accepted (more information at the top of the page). The information below relates to the Covid-19 emergency small grants programme that ran from April – June 2020.

We want to fund excellent organisations and people, where activities improve the lives of others.

We want to hear about:

  • What you do to make a difference
  • Why this is needed
  • How you measure your outcomes and what were your results in the last year
  • What you are requesting funding for (including budgets)
  • What impact will that have and on how many people
  • Whether our grant would help you secure funding from elsewhere

We are looking for organisations to:

  • be open and transparent about their work and finances
  • provide good value for money
  • be working in partnership with others

PLEASE NOTE: the small grants programme is currently closed and no new applications are being accepted (more information at the top of the page). The information below relates to the Covid-19 emergency small grants programme that ran from April – June 2020.

The Small Grants Committee normally meets every six weeks and will make a decision on your application at the next available meeting following your application. In the emergency small grants period the committee will be meeting every two weeks between 6th April – 18th May to expediate decisions and distribute funds urgently.

You will receive immediate confirmation of receipt of your application via email (please check your junk/spam folders as this is an automated system and so may get caught). We would expect to then be in touch with you with a final decision via email within 6 weeks of receiving your application.

PLEASE NOTE: the small grants programme is currently closed and no new applications are being accepted (more information at the top of the page). The information below relates to the Covid-19 emergency small grants programme that ran from April – June 2020.

You must make your application via our on-line form .

  • You don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime (until you submit).
  • You will be able to upload three additional documents as well as completing the application form. We ask for a budget and forecast income, and you can use the other two to add colour to your request with case studies or a newsletter, photos etc.
  • You do not need to upload your audited accounts, we will access these from the Charity Commission.
  • Once you have submitted the form you will receive an immediate email acknowledgement letting you know it has been received safely (please check your junk/spam folder as this is an automated email and so may get caught).
  • We notify all applicants via email on the outcome of their application.

PLEASE NOTE: the small grants programme is currently closed and no new applications are being accepted (more information at the top of the page). The information below relates to the Covid-19 emergency small grants programme that ran from April – June 2020.

  • When can I reapply for funding?

Under the normal small grant programme (prior to 30 March 2020)
If you were awarded a small grant previously, you can reapply one year after the date of payment of that grant.
If you were previously unsuccessful, you can reapply one year from the date of the email by which you were informed of the decision.

Due to the exceptional nature of the emergency small grant programme (running 30 March – 11th May 2020) we have altered these timeframes in certain cases:
If you were awarded a small grant or main grant in the last twelve months, you cannot apply for an emergency small grant (our support in this area is being channelled in a more proactive manner).
If you were unsuccessful following a small or main grant application in the last twelve months, you can apply for an emergency small grant.
For those organisations who receive an emergency small grant in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).
For those organisations who were unsuccessful following an emergency small grant application in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).

  • Do Leathersellers’ Charitable Fund only fund organisations in London?

No, we support registered charities working within and for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK.

  • Can I request feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, as we only have a small Grants team at the Leathersellers it is not possible currently for us to provide feedback to all applicants.

  • If we are successful, when will our grant start?

If you are awarded a grant, we will send you a grant offer email detailing the terms and conditions of the grant and asking you to complete an acceptance form. Once you have completed the form, we will process the payment. The date the payment is sent signals the start of your grant.

  • What reporting is expected?

We do not expect any reports from recipients of small grants.