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support with finding funding

We can help you work out what funding you need and find the right funder. We can work with you on a one-to-one basis, or you can come along to one of our workshops or events.

We run a Funding Fair a couple of times a year, when we invite a range of funders, from the National Lottery to smaller local funders like One Community and The Loose Change Charity along for you to meet.

We also run regular workshops throughout the year on:

  • Finding Your Funder
  • Applying to Trusts and Foundations
  • Bid writing

And we always try to highlight new funding opportunities at our networking events and Members’ Meetings.

what can i apply for now?

You can find details of all the current funds that are accepting applications below. We also share these on social media and send them out in our monthly newsletter.

support with writing applications

We can also help you work on your applications, again either on a one-to-one basis or at one of our regular bid writing workshops. These cover things like:

  • Writing Your First Bid
  • Improving Your Grant Applications

If you haven’t applied for funding before you can start with one of our TSL Kirklees Small Grants Funds and we’ll support you through the process. See Current Funding Opportunities for ones that are open now, or speak to us to find out more.

Partnership bids

To access larger pots of longer-term funding, you may need to be part of a partnership of organisations all working together. We can help you make those connections, if you haven’t done already, and work on your application.



where do I start?

There are a few funders that we always signpost people to, so it’s always worth starting with these:

what do I need to think about?

    • How much do you need?
    • What’s it for?
    • Do you fit the criteria for this particular grant?
    • Some funders may only fund registered charities
    • Social enterprises may be eligible for both third sector and business grants (but will be excluded most grants from Charitable Trusts and Foundations)
    • Social enterprises will be eligible for social investment funding and loans
    • Most funders will only fund you if you have 3+ people on your board of trustees/directors or management committee and they may specify that some or all need to be unrelated

For more information about governance and legal structures for your organisation see:

    • Who will you be working with?
    • Do you need staff or volunteers to deliver the project?
    • What are your costs?
    • Do you have a bank account?
    • How will you keep a record of how you’ve spent the money?
    • Do you have insurance and the correct policies and procedures that a funder might expect?
    • How are you going to show what you’ve achieved/the impact you’ve had?
    • Can I apply to more than 1 funder at the same time?
    • Can I apply to more than 1 funder raise enough money?
    • Can I rework the application and send it to someone else if we’re not successful?
    • Can I rework my application and resubmit it?
    • Do I need some independent help/feedback on my application?

If you need help or advice with any of this, please get in touch.

Where can I find new funders to try?

Kirklees for funding

Third Sector Team


Current Funding Opportunities

UK Shared Prosperity Fund Rural England Prosperity Fund

UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Rural England Prosperity Fund

What is the Rural England Prosperity Fund?

The Rural England Prosperity Fund (otherwise referred to as “Rural Fund”) is a capital grant programme integrated into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and supports activities that specifically address the particular challenges faced by rural areas*, detailed below.

Rural areas often face specific challenges including:

  • lower productivity rates
  • poorer connectivity
  • poorer access to key services

Aims of the Fund

The Rural Fund objectives sit within the UKSPF investment priorities for:

  • Supporting Local Business.
  • Community and Place.

They also relate to two of the Levelling Up White Paper Missions:

  • Mission 1 – Living standards.
  • Mission 9 – Pride in place.

The Fund supports the aims of the government’s Levelling Up White Paper and Future Farming Programme and funds capital projects for micro (less than 10 employees) and small businesses (less than 50 employees) which will help to improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire has been allocated £2,567,501 million as part of the Fund, to provide capital grant funding (investment in buildings, plant, equipment and machinery) of up to £50,000 across three themes;

  • Business development – implementation of new innovative technologies, processes, or equipment to improve productivity and competitiveness providing benefits to the wider rural economy. This includes supporting new and existing rural businesses to develop new products and facilities that will be of wider benefit to the local economy. This includes farm businesses looking to diversify income streams.
  • Food processing – as for business development but also implement automation by micro and small food processing businesses.
  • Visitor economy / tourism infrastructure – support a mix of business and community infrastructure projects to benefit the local economy.

Small businesses in rural areas, in West Yorkshire, may also be selected on the basis of contributing to net zero and meeting nature recovery objectives. These include:

  • the UK’s commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
  • wider environmental considerations, such as resilience to natural hazards.
  • the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan which set out our goals for improving the environment, within a generation, and leaving it in a better state than we found it.

West Yorkshire and the Combined Authority

In West Yorkshire, the Rural England Prosperity Fund is led by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The UK-wide programme aligns with the Mayors’ values to support local businesses, to be a champion for our regional economy, to empower our communities, towns, and cities to thrive, and to drive economic growth and innovation to enable good jobs.

*Rural areas are:

  • towns, villages, and hamlets with populations below 10,000 and the wider countryside.
  • market or ‘hub towns’ with populations of up to 30,000 that serve their surrounding rural areas as centres of employment and in providing services.
  • Eligible areas for the Rural Fund can be identified using DEFRA’s ‘Magic Maps’ tool.

Amounts Available

Grant support of between £10,000 and £50,000 is available for eligible projects at intervention rates ranging from 40% to 100%, depending on the nature of the proposed project

Upcoming funding opportunity workshops:


National Funding

Amount/Type of Funding

Large Grants (Over £10,000)

How to apply

Read the Prospectus first and then complete and submit the enquiry form to businesssupport@the-lep.com (see full details on the WYCA website)

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