About the grant 

Dear innovators, activists, community builders and climate positive pioneers!  


We warmly invite you to apply for our amazing new micro-grants scheme!

Who we are

This project is run by Open Source Arts. It was originally created in collaboration with Kirkstall Valley Development Trust. We want to fund projects which improve the environment and quality of life for everybody in the Kirkstall Valley.  

When we say Kirkstall Valley, we don’t just mean the bit near the river. We mean the communities of Armley, Burley, Bramley and Kirkstall – even as far as Rodley and Horsforth.

 We want to empower residents in the Kirkstall Valley to create a leading example of what a sustainable future could look like. We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds, views and abilities.  Where better to start than the Kirkstall Valley?


The challenge

We want to encourage projects which protect our natural environment and improve the lives and well-being of local people. We know the big challenges:

  • air pollution
  • flooding
  • poor access to green space
  • expensive and unreliable public transport
  • unsafe streets
  • fuel poverty
  • poorly insulated homes
  • lack of local shops.

Leeds City Council has declared a Climate Emergency and has committed to zero carbon emissions by the 2030s. That’s a huge task but if we are to avoid climate breakdown and maintain a hospitable planet, things have to change. We want Kirkstall Valley to be at the forefront of that change.


Our response – micro grants

We invite you to use your experience and creativity to explore ways to make a positive impact and further enhance life in the Kirkstall Valley. We want to make it more sustainable, and a place where we can all flourish. Let’s fill Kirkstall Valley with small projects that will make big difference. We want bring activists together to form a resilient, supportive and creative community.

 We encourage ideas which:

  • can be implemented quickly
  • have a postive impact on climate change
  • improve infrastructure, daily life, mental health or wellbeing
  • engage people who live or work in the Kirkstall Valley.


All are welcome to apply. We are keen to receive applications from people who have a great and innovative idea  but might have difficulty finding funding from other sources. The application process is designed to be as simple as possible. We know that skills and ideas come in many shapes and sizes and we are happy to support you through the process.  Why not get in touch or drop in for a cuppa to talk your idea through?…See our application page for details. Applications can be in any format it may be a short: video, audio (up to 2 mins) or written application, (a side of A4) it might even be a model or diagram. Just let us know what you want to do.

Projects must be delivered in the Kirkstall Valley and benefit people living or working there.  Preference will be given to applicants living and working in the Kirkstall Valley. You can submit one application per grant cycle. If  successful you will be ineligible to apply again until the grant round following the completion of your project. If you are not successful please feel free to try again.


Grants awards

Grants will typically be of up to £250 and will be awarded at quarterly ceremonies. The ceremony gives an opportunity for grant winners to talk about their planned project, and to receive input from others in the local community. We’ll also have short updates on current and completed projects. We want to celebrate the change our successful applicants make, so we ask all grant winners to create a short completion report within 6 months. 

 We welcome involvement from people, who might not  want to apply for an award, but who would like to help with the process. This could be anything from helping people write applications to volunteering on projects. You might even want to sponsor a future award.

 The grants scheme will run for an initial period of 2 years, with grant cycles at 3 month intervals. This is a new scheme and there may be changes to how we administer the process to make it more efficient and accessible.