The Leeds Philosophical
and Literary Society
Registered Charity 224084 Company Registered in England 177204

Registered Office: c/o Leeds City Museum, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 8BH


The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations to promote the advancement of its objectives. It places particular emphasis on (but does not limit its grants to) support for citizens of Leeds engaged in academic and scholarly activities, especially those relating to Leeds and its immediate area. Applications from members of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society are especially welcomed. Please note that the Society does not normally give grants in general support of students on taught courses or to postgraduates undertaking research unless that research relates specifically to Leeds and its immediate area.

Recent grants have been given:



        to Leeds Museums and Galleries towards the acquisition of an Early Medieval Gold Finger Ring.

        to the Yorkshire Garden Trust to enable the display of the Capability Brown plan for Temple Newsam at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.

        to the Thackray Medical Museum towards the reprinting of Surprising Lives - A trail through Beckett Street Cemetery.

        to Leeds Museums and Galleries towards the acquisition of two male Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla mounts.

        to Northern Opera Group towards a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Leeds Corn Exchange.

        towards the costs of two Alchemy salon programmes in partnership with The Round Foundry and The Leeds Library.

        to the Grand Union Orchestra to support a collaborative musical project between the GLO, South Asian Arts UK and the University of Leeds exploring the theme of Leeds's industrial heritage and migration past and present.

        to Leeds Museums and Galleries towards the turning of a frozen beaver specimen into a taxidermy mount.

        to support 12 creative writing workshops with Autism First; these to be part of the provision of Courthouse Words, the first literature festival organised by Otley Courthouse.

        to the Leeds Art Fund towards the publication costs of Victorian Chatelaine: Emily Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam and Hoar Cross 1840-1904.

        to support the John Duggan workshop programme to improve the musical engagement and aspiration of 30 disadvantaged young people from one school over 30 weeks of the academic year commencing in 2016.

        to the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds to purchase choral music by Hans Gal for performance in Leeds, York, Prague and Pilsner in 2016.

        to support workshops based on the publication of the best 20 short stories and poems inspired by the life and tragic death in Leeds of David Oluwale.

        to support the creation of a fly-through of the First White Cloth Hall in Leeds.

        to support activities associated with bringing the Aftermath Dislocation Principle Riot Tour 2016 by Jimmy Cauty to Leeds.

        to produce a booklet to document the disability arts project Shoddy: a Textile which took place in Leeds in April 2016.

        to support MathsWorldUK outreach activities associated with the international 2nd MATRIX (Mathematics) Conference in Leeds in September 2016.

Grants awarded normally range from 100 to 1000, though larger sums will be considered. An application form may be obtained by e-mailing the chairman of the grants committee, Dr Chris Hatton ( or by printing it from this Web site. The Grants Committee normally meets three times a year, in January, May and September. The closing date for applications is the last day of the preceding month.  Successful applicants will be required to present a report to the Society on completion of their projects, showing how their grants have been used;  the report form can be downloaded by clicking here.