Ideas that Change Lives




Leeds Community Foundation and social enterprise consultancy SEE Ahead are delighted to be working with Leeds City Council on the Ideas that Change Lives programme.  The Ideas that Change Lives programme offers business support and financial investment to support and encourage organisations and individuals to develop socially enterprising ideas that enable Leeds residents with care and support needs to remain independent. The types of activity we seek to fund include alternatives to traditional day care and support services; brokerage; health and wellbeing promoting activities; employment related opportunities.  The programme is funded through Leeds City Council Adult Social Care’s “Better Lives” initiative which aims to ensure services help people to live independently.

Applicants can also access practical support to help develop their ideas, on a one-to-one basis and via a workshop/seminar programme.

Projects funded through this programme  must benefit residents of Leeds, aged 16+, with care and support needs such as:

  • Older people
  • People with a learning disabilityphysical disability or sensory impairment
  • People with mental health needs
  • People with alcohol or substance use issues
  • People with long term health conditions
  • Carers
  • Young people in transition between services

There are 2 investment levels:

  • Kick Start: £500 – £4,000
  • Development: £5,000 – £15,000

To Apply
Please read the criteria of the fund to confirm you are eligible to apply, to download the criteria document click here. To apply for Kick Start Investment (up to £4,000), you need to complete an online application form (below).  To apply for Development Investment, please download and complete an Expression of Interest form (below).

Kick Start Investment (up to £4,000)
This fund is currently closed to applications. The application form will be available here when it is open again.

Development Investment  (£5,000 to 15,000) 
Please note this award has a two-stage process and you need to send an Expression of Interest first to assess the eligibility of your project. To apply, read the criteria and complete and submit an Expression of Interest Form.  We will then let you know whether your project is one that we might consider funding and if so, we will send you an application form. Download the Expression of Interest Form here.
This fund is currently closed to full applications but you can submit an Expression of Interest for the next round at any time.


Ideas that Change Lives are hosting a series of events in 2017 that will provide you with the skills you need to run your social enterprise.

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