Pears Youth Fund, deadline 13 September 2018 (12 noon)

17 July 2018

The Pears Youth Fund offers grants of £500 to £7,500 for projects that actively involve young people in the design and delivery of projects that focus on voice, engagement and influence for them and their peers. Bradford district is an eligible area for this funding.

"We are particularly interested in looking at the barriers that make it more difficult for young people to have a voice and be heard, or engage and interact with each other, and with local organisations. We would like funded projects to explore different methods of engagement and collaboration and to understand more about the barriers and solutions."

What can be funded?

Voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises including uniformed groups and youth and sports organisations with an annual income under £500,000 can apply. Organisations must be working with young people either in Bradford District or Leeds.

  • The grant can be used to extend a current project or start a new activity.
  • The application budget should focus on revenue costs. Where capital items are included they must be integral to delivery of the project.
  • The funder prefers not to make a small contribution to a larger project unless you can identify a specific aspect. Please contact Leeds Community Foundation if you are applying for less than 50% of the total cost of the items/activities.

Information events

Find out more about Pears Youth Fund, ask questions and share ideas at one of two information events. You do not need to attend an event in order to apply but it is a good opportunity to learn more about the aims and criteria.

You can attend either event, regardless of which area your group works in:

  • 25 July 2018, 9am at the Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL – book a place 25 July.
  • 6 September 2018, 1.30pm at Kala Sangam, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY – book a place 6 September.


Please read the full criteria before completing the application form.

The deadline for applications is 13 September 2018 (12 noon).


The Pears Youth Fund is managed by Leeds Community Foundation. Telephone 0113 242 2426 or email