Put your research ideas to the Community Vote

Leeds ACTS! is offering funding for projects that benefit the Leeds community. A Community Vote on 9 June will decide which project gets the money. Apply now, or take part in the vote.


The Leeds ACTS! partnership has launched a new round of seedcorn funding through an innovative and more democratic process – The Community Vote.  The aim is to encourage new collaborations between Leeds’ three universities and third sector organizations and community groups.

Project ideas will be presented at the Community Vote event on 4 June, and the audience will be encouraged to vote on which initiatives they would like to fund - a genuine opportunity to have your voice heard.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 29 May. Ideas must meet agreed criteria:

  • Developing new relationships, not existing partnerships
  • Collaborations take place in Leeds
  • Ideas do not need to have partners as that is what Leeds ACTS! can and will help facilitate
  • It is about the space to come together and not necessarily the outcome

The Community Vote event is a great opportunity to network with people from third sector organizations and all three universities.

Applicants meeting the criteria will be invited to present their ideas at the ‘Community Vote’ event aimed at third sector organisations, the universities and community members.  


HOW TO APPLY: Email Leeds.ACTS@val.org.uk for an application form. If you have an idea but no partner, Leeds ACTS! can help with this through our network of contacts in the universities and across the Third Sector.

WHEN: The Community Vote event is 9 June 2015, from 10.00am–2.00pm (lunch provided).

TO BOOK TICKETS:  See the Community Vote Eventbrite page.

WHERE: Hillside Centre, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND

WHO:  Third sector organizations based in Leeds, academics and students from all three Leeds’ universities

WHY: An opportunity to develop new ideas and collaborations between the universities in Leeds and third sector organizations, as well as an opportunity to network and, have your voice heard by voting on which collaborations to support.

LeedsACTS! works to build closer relationships between researchers, students, charities and voluntary and community organisations to support joint work that benefits the communities of Leeds and to shape how the higher education sector engages with others in the city. A core principle of our approach is co-production - that work develops jointly with mutual respect and learning.

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