Ideas that Change Lives Eligibility Guidelines

Applications are invited from individuals or established organisations looking to develop and / or implement ideas and services to help people to live independently in their own homes. For Kick Start and Development funding, projects must have a clear economic focus around generating income perhaps through gaining a contract to provide services, or from individuals with the means to pay for a service directly. For Community Capacity grants activities should be sustainable beyond the end of the grant but in this case through using of volunteers or other community assets, such as in kind support from other organisations. The service itself does not have to be located in Leeds, but the beneficiaries must be Leeds residents.

Exclusions:

  • Activities that promote political or religious beliefs or are sponsorship / fundraising events
  • Statutory bodies e.g. schools/colleges, local councils
  • Private sector businesses
  • Retrospective funding – this includes activities that have already taken place or repayment of money that has already been spent
  • Organisations that  make a surplus or profit which is not reinvested for social benefit

Eligible Applicants

If you are a group with no formal legal status you can apply for the practical support programme and/or a Kick Start investment. Please note you will still need to have a constitution, management committee and bank account in the organisation’s name (if you do not have these you can apply for a Community Capacity investment). We would also expect you to have set up/or be in the process of setting up some kind of formal legal structure with social or environmental aims as a result of our support.

If you have a formal legal structure with social or environmental aims (this includes registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisations, CICs, Development Trusts, Industrial & Provident Societies and Co-operatives) you can apply for the practical support programme and/or a Kick Start or Development Funding. Your governing documents should include appropriate references to use of surplus profit made, what happens if the organisation folds, shareholding and dividends (as applicable) which reflect the distinctive profile of social enterprise.

If you an individual (or group of individuals) with no formal status, you can apply for the practical support programme and/or a Community Capacity grant to develop an enterprise idea that fits the aims of the programme.

We are not able to accept applications from
• Private sector enterprises
• Statutory sector, religious or political organisations
• Organisations that make a surplus or profit which is not principally reinvested for social benefit

 

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