Time to Shine Small Funds

BIG TTS logo for online applicationThe Small Funds Programme has been established to help third-sector groups develop ways of reducing loneliness and isolation and strengthen communities benefiting older people defined as over 50 years of age.

There will be a total of 12 rounds with different themes each round.

Round Theme
The theme for Round Five is Transport. Transport is crucial in addressing and overcoming social isolation for many older people. The Age Friendly Charter for Leeds identified the importance of “affordable and accessible transport to go locally and beyond, so as not to feel trapped at home.” Transport is therefore important to older people from both a practical perspective of being able to carry out necessary tasks (such as shopping and appointments) and a wellbeing perspective in providing a sense of independence and freedom.

We are seeking projects which will support  independence and freedom through sustainable transport models.

Please note the fund is not able to cover costs of purchasing or running minibuses – we are seeking sustainable projects that will be able to continue beyond the 12 months of funded activity.


You can apply as a local organisation for awards of between £5,000 and £10,000

Closing Date
Wednesday 13th September 2017 – at 12noon. We aim to inform all applicants whether they have been funded by week commencing 23rd October 2017.

Fund Criteria
Before applying, please read the Fund Criteria here.

To Apply
Please ensure that you meet the Fund Criteria (see above). The online application form can be accessed here.

Further Information
For further information on Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine please visit: timetoshineleeds.org
Click here to read the recent report on the Age Friendly Charter for Leeds
Click here for the Age Friendly Charter for Leeds

Future Rounds
The criteria of each round changes based on different themes.

Round One focused on Dementia and Carers, Round Two on Men, Round Three on Communication and Round Four on Relationships.

The theme for Round Six is to be Connecting at Celebration/Holiday Periods – further information to follow.

The theme for Round Seven is to support projects from groups currently underrepresented in the wider Time to Shine programme – further information to follow.


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