Grants Programme: How to Apply

The Trust does not have an application form but each application to the main grants programme should be accompanied by this single page cover sheet here which includes your consent to us holding your personal data for the purpose of processing your application [data privacy].

Please complete and sign the sheet and return it with your application, whether submitting it by post or by email.

Applicants must be UK registered charities, public authorities or public institutions. We do not accept applications from Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals.

There is no need to supply copies of your organisation's annual reports and accounts unless these are not available online at Companies House, the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

Your application, maximum 3,000 words, should include (for performing arts or conservation projects as appropriate):

  • a project description
  • timetable: performance dates or programme start/end dates
  • number of people who will benefit: e.g. projected audiences, young artists, annual visitors
  • intended outcomes
  • outline budget for the project
  • the amount you are requesting
  • indication of likely funding from other sources

For applications made by email, the maximum file size for attachments is 8MB.

Applications for conservation projects should be accompanied by a professional conservation assessment report and/or evidence that work will be carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced professionals.

For conservation applications please also supply at least one good digital image - separate from the conservation report - of the building or item that is the subject of the application.

Applications by post should be sent to: The Grants Director, 105 Greenway Avenue, London E17 3QL. Applications by email should be sent to Please note that there is not someone in the office every day, so ‘signed-for’ post may be delayed.

We will aim to acknowledge receipt of your application within 5 days. If you need further advice before making an application please contact the Grants Director, either by email to or by telephone on 020 3233 0023.

Important: Timetable for 2023

The date of the Trustees’ next grants meeting is 29 March 2023. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 3 February 2023.

During 2023 the Leche Trust will be implementing an online application system. To allow for this we will not be holding our usual grants meeting in June. The next grants round will be in October 2023. We will confirm the date and the deadline nearer the time.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications after the deadlines unless there are exceptional reasons for the delay. We suggest that you refresh your browser to ensure that you are seeing the most up-to-date information.

You can read the Leche Trustees' full data privacy policy here

Applying again

With effect from February 2020, performing arts organisations that have received a grant will not normally be considered for a further grant until 36 months have elapsed since the date of the meeting at which the grant was awarded. If your application was unsuccessful you may apply again whenever you wish.