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Community Foundation: Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)







The fund exists to help people to deliver projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that tackle environmental issues in their local area.

Projects should have very clear environmental focus, but should also show how they have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship. Applications should demonstrate one of more of the following outcomes:

  • Encouraging communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Changing behaviours leading to more local environmental action
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Sharing learning about the environment with others

Priority in 2017/18 will be given to applications covering one or more of the following specific environmental themes:

  • Pollution and litter
  • Woodlands and trees
  • Sustainable transport (e.g. walking and cycling schemes)

Grant size:  Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations for revenue and/or capital projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Occasionally grants may be made over more than one year.

Deadline:  Applications for amounts up to £2,000 can be submitted at any time under a fast track system, and do not have to wait for a specific funding deadline in order to apply.

LEAF is changing: 

After more than 10 years’ funding and learning, the LEAF grant programme is changing. In the last 12 months the Community Foundation has been successful in attracting funds to enable it to create a dedicated environmental endowment fund as a legacy to the LEAF annual grant programme.

From 1 April 2019, the LEAF environmental endowment fund will supersede the annual LEAF grant programme. It will have very similar funding criteria but will only able to support small grant applications. The final criteria will be confirmed in the coming few months. The final LEAF main grants meeting for applications up to £20,000 will therefore be in September 2018.

Application process: Community Foundation website