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.


Trustees meet three times a year to review applications. In 2022 the meeting dates, and the deadlines for submitting applications, are:

Spring meeting - Tuesday 1 March
Deadline Friday 14 January.

Summer meeting - Wednesday 8 June
Deadline Friday 29 April

Autumn meeting - Wednesday 9 November
Deadline Friday 23 September

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.