There are loads of sources for information in Leeds that can help you to develop your community project. We have attempted to bring these sources together here. This area of the website consists of three sections; Learning, Funding and Finance and Influence & Impact. Follow the links below for a whole load of information related to each of these. At the bottom of this page you'll find some links to some of the most useful groups related to Project Development in Leeds.
If you'd like to receive the latest information from 'Project Development' in a regular email, please click on the "Project Development E-mail Group" link on the left hand side, or alternatively contact Leeds Christian Community Trust.
For the latest information on the key areas of project development, please follow the links below...
This includes links to the latest training and information on things like governance, managing people and organisation development.
Funding and Finance
This includes background information on and links to fundraising and funding streams, as well as up to date information on current funds. Much of the most useful information will also be on the Funds in Leeds website.
Influence and Impact
This includes participation in consultation and decision making opportunities, as well as other opportunities that will help your project's impact.
There are a number of organisations in Leeds that all Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector groups in Leeds need to be aware of. Here's a little list to help you on your way...
1. Charities Information Bureau
The Fit4Funding site, brought to you by the Charities Information Bureau, not only gives you some broad tips about fund raising in general, but also helps out with some far more specific local stuff too. Check out the Leeds pages to find out about the Leeds Infrastructure Consortium as well as specific information on funding Health, Social Enterprise, Sports and Youth activities. Another key advantage of Fit4Funding is the free access they provide to GrantNet, allowing you to search for specific funders who may support your work.
2. Leeds Voice
This is the Community Empowerment Network organisation for Leeds, whose job it is to provide VCFS representatives with access to policy makers and partners in regeneration from other sectors. Voice do some great training that will help you to get your head around the structures of the city. The website is also perhaps the home of the most comprehensive list of VCFS vacancies in the city.
3. Voluntary Action Leeds
VAL is Leeds' Council for Voluntary Service. They support VCFS organisations directly, with a range of services and specialist advice including payroll, training and access to various resources. VAL recruit volunteers from all sections of society and find relevant placements for them in VCFS groups right across the city.
4. Leeds City Council
The Council gives grants to many VCFS groups in the city, through a number of different grants schemes. The VCFS directory contains contact details for over 2000 organisations, groups, clubs and societies in the Leeds area. This database is developed and maintained by Leeds Library and Information Service. Get your group listed on here!
And here's our directory of more faith-specific capacity building organisations... Contact any of these organisations for support in developing your project.