Leeds Waterfront Enhancement Fund

The Waterfront Enhancement Fund is a new grant scheme available to projects that are designed to enhance the accessibility, attraction and activity of the Leeds city centre waterfront area.

By funding imaginative and high quality projects, we aim to help open up, celebrate and animate the Leeds city centre waterfront.

aerial shot of the Leeds Waterfront area

What we are looking for

Projects that are publically accessible and that will encourage people to spend time at, and experience the waterfront area. We welcome capital costs only applications that aim to support:

  • events and activities
  • improvements to public spaces
  • provision of public art and other creative arts projects
  • health and wellbeing activities

We are looking to fund events and projects that are imaginative, of high quality and are easy to find and get involved in. Applications should fund new activity, kick start new elements to existing activity or assist projects in reaching a new or wider audience.

Our interactive Waterfront Enhancement Fund Area map contains information layers that applicants may find useful when applying. A PDF format map (PDF 4.3MB) is also available.

View the interactive Waterfront Enhancement Fund Area map External link

How much you can apply for

The Waterfront Enhancement Fund accepts applications for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000* with the grant amount to be at least equally match funded by the applicant. i.e. the Waterfront Enhancement fund will fund a maximum of 50% of the cost of the scheme.

* The Council reserves the right to issue a larger award to an outstanding application.

The Fund has £100,000 to allocate over two rounds – Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.

When you can apply

There are two deadlines for the Waterfront Enhancement Fund applications:

  • Thursday 6 December 2018 - 12 noon
  • Thursday 21 March 2019 - 12 noon

Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

The application form, guidance notes, Waterfront Enhancement Fund area map and the Leeds Waterfront Charter are available to download from the related documents section of this page.

Further information




Waterfront Enhancement Fund Application Formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Waterfront Enhancement Fund Application Form.docx151690docx
Waterfront Enhancement Fund Guidance Noteshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Waterfront Enhancement Fund Guidance Notes.pdf377046pdf
Waterfront Enhancement Fund Area Maphttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Waterfront Enhancement Fund Area Map.pdf4478609pdf
Leeds Waterfront Charterhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds Waterfront Charter.pdf2223076pdf