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 Arts Council is also supporting our UNION programme of sector-based professional development

We have received National Lottery support since 2015 and are currently in receipt of funding for the period 2018 to 2022 through the Community Fund, which is supporting our work with people of all ages in East Leeds

Between 2018 and 2021 Youth Music is supporting our work using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people to develop personally and socially as well as musically.

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 emerging artists committed to using creativity to achieve social change: the UNION programme. In 2020 they also awarded us an Covid-19 Emergency Fund Grant so that we can continue our work in this difficult time.

We have received funding for specific projects from Go Higher, the #iwill fund, the Pears Foundation and the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund (grants which are managed by the Leeds Community Foundation)


The IGEN Trust supported our work between 2016 and 2019 and have decided to continue funding our work from 2020 to 2023


Capital Development

Apart from our revenue funders would also like to acknowledge the £1.46 million we have been awarded for both phases of the capital development of Chapel FM Arts Centre:

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.

In 2018 Chapel FM was runner up in the Grassroots Yorkshire Gig Guide Award for Outstanding Media Organisation


Our work with young people with respect to an inclusive approach to delivering Arts Awards was recognised in 2019/20 and again in 2020/21 with a Trinity Champion Centre award from Trinity College London who oversee the Arts Awards scheme



And we are also proud to be part of...

The vision of ArtWorks Alliance is simple: better participatory arts work.

  • Build a strategic, partnership network with a leadership model that encourages decisive, collective action
  • Enable partners in the network to come together to create and run strategic activities
  • Enable partners and others to share ideas and deep thinking, and to influence the arts and non-arts sectors