Ideas that Change Lives




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 age 16+ 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/or via a workshop/seminar programme.

For more information on the background of the fund and related resources, click here.


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

To Apply

Please read the criteria, available here , then complete the appropriate form. There are two separate application forms for Kick Start and Development. Please select the relevant link below.

Kick Start Investment (£500 up to £4,000)

The application form can be found here.

Development Investment  (£5,000 to 15,000)  

Development Investment  has a two-stage process and you need to send an Expression of Interest first to assess the eligibility of your project before you are invited to submit a full application. To apply, read the criteria  and   Download the Expression of Interest Form here.

Support only: 

To apply for one to one support only please read the criteria and Download the Expression of Interest Form here.


Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 12 noon Wednesday 28 March 2018. 

Deadline for Kick Start and Development Full Applications:  12 noon Wednesday 25th April 2018.


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