Leeds 2023 grants available for local talent 

Venue: New Wortley Community Centre, on Tong Road

By Damon Cooper

Residents across West Leeds will be celebrating creativity on our doorstep with summer events to showcase local talent as part of Leeds 2023 year of culture. 

Community activities range from Armley Extravaganza, LS28 LIVE and Kirkstall Festival to summer events in Calverley and Farsley, Bramley and Stanningley plus Farnley and Wortley.

Individuals, voluntary groups, community and arts organisations have an opportunity to apply for a grant until Monday, 6 March at 9am with a maximum of £3,000 available for each ward.

Bids for each individual grant are expected to be between £100 and £500 to give as many performers as possible a chance of securing cash.

Applicants might be someone with a unique party trick, a group of gymnasts wanting to show off your skills, a dancer, a performer, someone who can teach creativity, a musician, a poet or a group of footballers that want to share their love of the game.

The Awakening officially launched Leeds 2023 last month. Photo: Leeds 2023

Everything and anything within reason will be actively considered in what are set to be mini-Awakenings not too dissimilar to the Leeds 2023 launch event last month, where even Kirkstall Road-based Manjit’s paneer wrap took the spotlight centre stage at one point. 

Leeds 2023 community grant information sessions are taking place on Zoom on Tuesday 14th February, 5pm. Register here.

Alternatively, you can meet your neighbourhood hosts in person during drop-in sessions across West Leeds. Your local hosts for Leeds 2023 events will play a part in deciding on successful bids but opportunities to volunteer might be possible too. 

Kimberly Frangos – Armley

New Wortley Community Centre 

Date: Monday, 13 February 2023

Time: 10am–12pm   

Strawberry Lane Community Centre 

Date: Wednesday, 15 February

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm 

Travellers Rest, Armley  

Date: Friday, 17 February

Time: 5pm–7pm

E: armleyhost@leeds2023.co.uk

Dean Patrick – Bramley & Stanningley

BARCA-Leeds (Manor House, 259 Upper Town St, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3JT

Date: Tuesday 21 February

Time: 10.30am-12pm 

E: bramstanhost@leeds2023.co.uk

Ian Thursfield – Farnley & Wortley

New Farnley Community Centre (Low Moor Side, Leeds LS12 5EA)

Date: Thursday, 16 February

Time: 6pm–8pm

New Wortley Community Centre (40 Tong Rd, Armley, Leeds LS12 1LZ)

Date: Monday, 20 February

Time: 12pm – 2pm

E: farnwort@leeds2023.co.uk

Alaina Dunne – Calverley & Farsley

Farsley Library (Old Road, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 5DH)

Date: Monday, 13 February

Time: 10am–12pm  

Calverley Old Hall (10 Woodhall Rd, Calverley, Pudsey LS28 5NL)

Date: Tuesday, 14 February

Time: 10am-12pm 

E: calvfars@leeds2023.co.uk

Nathen Shipley – Kirkstall

Kirkstall Valley Development Trust Community Hub (St Stephen’s Church Hall, Norman Street, Kirkstall) 

Date: Monday, 13 February 2023

Time: 9am–12pm

E: kirkstallhost@leeds2023.co.uk

Kate Frazer – Pudsey

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre (Robin Ln, Pudsey LS28 7BR)

Date: Monday, 13 February 2023

Time: 6.30pm–8.30pm 

E: pudseyhost@leeds2023.co.uk

More information

More information on the grants can be found here.

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