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West Leeds: Business and employment cash open to applicants

A first raft of funding to help start-up businesses, entrepreneurship and self-employment in parts of West Leeds is now open to applicants.

‘West Leeds Working, West Leeds Thriving’ have released their first call for funding, where applicants can apply for a maximum of £192,000.

Saj Shah, Chair of the West Leeds Working, West Leeds Thriving Local Action Group, said:

“Following the launch events last month there has been a real buzz about this funding opportunity.

“I’d urge organisations with an interest in this area of work to check out the website and submit an expression of interest if they have a project idea that fits what we’re looking for.”

Mr Shah said this was the first of a number of calls over the next six months. The overall pot of money is worth up to £1.5 million and is aimed at new projects in these areas:

  • Wyther Park
  • New Wortley
  • The Heights
  • Armley
  • The Broadleas
  • Fairfields and
  • Hawksworth Wood

The funding, known as Community Led Local Development, uses European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) monies to support schemes that will target residents in specific areas of West Leeds.

Launch events were held at Milford Marlins in Kirkstall and at New Wortley Community Centre.

Full details are available on and the submission deadline is 12 noon on Friday 2, November 2018.


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