Ideas that Change Lives

LCF Image (2)Ideas that Change Lives 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 run by LCF and SEE Ahead and 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 with care and support needs such as:

  • Older people
  • People with a learning disability; physical 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

Guide to setting up social enterprises

A guide was put together in 2015 by a team of graduates working for Leeds City Council, in a project supported by the Leeds Community Foundation.  It is intended to assist you in starting, running and potentially expanding your social enterprise. Download Guide. 


We are hosting a series of events in 2018 that will provide you with the skills you need to run your social enterprise.

Awards in Action

Inkwell Arts is one the projects to have received funding through the Ideas that Change Lives Programme.

Case studies of other groups that have received support:

Support Available 

Practical Support: this is available at any stage of the process such as developing your idea, practical workshops, drafting a business plan and/or applying for one of the grants. Support will be provided by experienced social enterprise business advisors from SEE Ahead.

Awards: there are three types of awards as detailed below. We will fund capital items or revenue costs. We are willing to support pilot projects and start-up costs, or contribute to expanding or developing your current trading or enterprising activity.

Available Awards

  • Kick Start Award (up to £4,000) If your group and your plans are more developed, you can apply directly for a Kick Start Award.
  • Development Award (£5,000 to 15,000) For incorporated organisations with aims and profits applied for social aims.

If you are interested in applying please click here for guidance notes and application forms. 

If you have any queries contact Leeds Community Foundation at or call 0113 242 2426.





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