If you have an idea for a project which will develop your skills and benefit others, the Leeds for Life Foundation could help with a cash grant to make it happen. You might want to seek out new challenges, to experience new environments and cultures, and make a positive difference to the lives of other people. In this post, Opportunities Ambassador Bilal provides a bit more information as well as how you can access application support if you are planning on applying for the October deadline.
Every year the Leeds for Life Foundation awards grants of up to £500 for students who want to develop their skills by taking part in co- or extra-curricular projects or by planning and developing their own projects. There are 2 calls for projects each year, one in each semester. This semester’s deadline for applications is the 30th of October.
To help you out with your application and clarify any questions you might have, the Student Opportunities Ambassadors have organised a number drop-in sessions. The remaining dates for these are:
- 21 & 23 October, 12-1pm
- 28 October, 12-2pm
All sessions will take place at 18 Beech Grove Terrace (the little house next to the green gates near the LUU).
The Leeds for Life Foundation grants have enabled hundreds of students to make their ideas become a reality, develop their skills and benefit the community. Wondering what kinds of projects the Foundation funds? Take Sheideh for example, a Dentistry student, who worked for two weeks at a dental outreach clinic for children in Zanzibar:
“Leeds for Life has enabled this two week to Zanzibar where I’m working at a dental outreach clinic that provides dental care for children! We start by screening the children and then refer them for further treatment if needed. Between treatments we are also showing the children how to brush their teeth, it’s amazing seeing the joy such a simple thing can bring! Adults are now coming down to the clinic and in total we have treated 635 school children and 158 adults. I’ve made a real different to these people as well as having a once in a lifetime experience in such a beautiful country.”
So who can you help and what can you experience?
To find out more about the Leeds for Life Foundation Grants, go on the Leeds for Life website. To find out about all the opportunities available to you and the kind of projects that have been founded before, keep a close eye on the Leeds for Life Facebook page and on Twitter @LeedsforLife.