Leeds City Council is looking for organisations with a commitment to Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) to work with them to deliver new pathfinder schemes in Leeds.

About the funding
Four grants of up to £25,000 are available to organisations working in the following areas: Armley, Halton Moor, Holbeck, Little London, Meanwood (Beck Hill neighbourhood), Moor Allerton (Cranmer Bank and Lingfield neighbourhood) or Woodhouse.

There is also one grant available for an organisation who works with the Roma community in Leeds. The successful organisations will be expected to start their scheme by the end of this year.

About Asset Based Community Development
Leeds has pioneered the use of ABCD, a neighbourhood-based community building approach founded on the principle that given the tools and the opportunity, small groups of citizens can change the things that they believe need changing in the community better than anyone else.

About ABCD Pathfinders
ABCD Pathfinders facilitate citizen led action and previous schemes have evidenced a range of positive impacts including an improvement in health and well-being and reduced loneliness and social isolation in our communities.

The ABCD Pathfinders will be underpinned by the five core principles of ABCD: citizen led, relationship
oriented, asset based, placed based and inclusion focused. The successful grant holders will support this
through the employment of an ‘ABCD Community Builder’ who will operate at a neighbourhood level to work with people in the community to develop a vision and a plan, asking: what is best done by the community themselves, what is best done by the community with support and what does the community need outside help with?

Community Builders will:
• Grow and nurture community connections
• Have conversations to understand what people care about
• Find out the strengths and assets within the community
• Engage local community groups and associations and places where people come together and support each other.
• Build connections through social interaction, activities, and creating spaces that are welcoming and create shareable moments.
• Support communities to take action to make the changes they want to see.
• Foster celebration of people’s gifts and skills throughout the process.

How to apply
For an application pack, email [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 04 October 2021.