What we fund

Most of our funding is allocated through our main grants programme which supports projects in two areas: performing arts and heritage conservation.

Who we fund

  • Applicants must be UK registered charities or public authorities. 
  • We do not fund CICs
  • We do not accept applications from individuals. 
  • Projects, whether for performing arts or conservation, must be located in the UK.

Please read our funding guidelines carefully before making an application.

In 2022-23 we awarded a total of:
to 40 performing arts projects
to 27 conservation projects

How to apply

The trustees meet three times each year to consider applications. This is the timetable for grant rounds in 2023-24:

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Applications open: 11/9/2023 08/01/2024 25/03/2024
Deadline for applications: 20/10/2023 02/02/2024 03/05/2024
Decisions outcome: 16/11/2023 01/03/2024 17/06/2024
A young woman playing a trumpet
London Sinfonietta’s annual Academy for young musicians developing skills in contemporary classical music. Photo: Adam Flynn

Performing arts

At the Leche Trust we believe that the arts – and artists – make the world a better place. A healthy and dynamic society is reflected in a vibrant arts ecology: we want to support work that is original, to nurture artists and their creativity.

Performing arts grants awarded in 2022-23

Man wearing latex gloves brushing the underside of an antique wooden chair
Conservation of nationally-significant collection of Georgian and Regency furniture at Paxton House, Scottish Borders. Photo: The Paxton Trust

Heritage conservation

We support the conservation of historically, artistically and culturally significant buildings and objects dating from before 1837 that are in urgent need of remedial treatment. Items must be in public or charitable ownership and accessible to the public.

Heritage conservation grants awarded in 2022-23