Thank you to all our funders...

We have been funded by Arts Council England since 1986. We are currently a National Portfolio Organisation up until 2022 and in 2018 we were awarded additional funding under the Catalyst programme.

The Big Lottery Fund, through their Reaching Communities programme, funds projects that can help meet their aim of improving communities and the lives of people most in need.

Between 2015 and 2018 they are funding our work—particularly with young, disabled and unemployed people in East Leeds—from our base in Seacroft.

Between 2016 and 2018 Youth Music is supporting our work encouraging young people to play and create music through our Next Generation and Associate Bands programmes.

Leeds City Council supports our work through its arts@leeds programme 2018-23 and also with project grants from Leeds Inspired and through its Community Committees.

LMEP is the music education hub for Leeds. It funds Heads Together and Chapel FM to develop pathways for young musicians through our our Associate Bands programme and supports our music work with Hearing and Visually Impaired young people.

In 2018 the Paul Hamlyn Foundation awarded us a “Test and Explore” grant to pilot a community arts academy for young artists committed to using creativity to achieve social change.

We are currently receiving funding for specific projects from the #iwill fund; Jimbo’s Fund; and the Pears Foundation (the grants from which are managed by the Leeds Community Foundation)

The IGEN Trust have also supported our work for the past three years and we would also like to acknowledge the capital funding for Chapel FM Arts Centre which was opened in 2014. A total of £852,072 was committed from the following sources:

Jimbo’s Fund, The Scurrah Wainwright Charity, Mills and Reeve Solicitors, Tudor Trust, WREN Community Fund, Monument Trust, Caird Bardon Community Programme, Leeds City Council, Clothworkers Foundation, Arts Council of England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, a private donation for the stained glass art, and the Friends of Chapel FM scheme.

Time to celebrate...

In 2015 Chapel FM won a Pro Yorkshire Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for outstanding achievement in providing a building that directly benefits the local community.


For our inclusive approach to working with young people, Chapel FM was one of only ten organisations nationally to be recognised as an Arts Award Good Practice Centre  in 2017/18.


 In 2018 Chapel FM was winner of the Child Friendly Leeds Award for “Inspiring Creativity and Culture through the Arts”. Read more here.