Last Round – Solutions for an Ageing Society

UnLtd LogoDo you have an idea that could help older people live positive, independent lives? 
Are you passionate about your community?
Could you be a social entrepreneur?

Leeds Community Foundation, in partnership with UnLtd and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are pleased to announce a new £50,000 fund to benefit residents of Leeds. We are seeking social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives in local communities. Awards will be available for individuals looking to set up social enterprises alongside a package of practical support. The UK is undergoing a demographic challenge with longer life expectancy and an ageing population. We need innovations that use preventative approaches and tackle causes rather than symptoms to help people to be better prepared for the challenges of later life.

Leeds Metropolitan District

Awards of up to £5,000 are available for individual social entrepreneurs. There is also practical support available directly from UnLtd.

To make sure you and your venture are eligible, please download and read the Criteria here.

To Apply
Initially, applicants complete an Expression of Interest form which can be downloaded here. This can be done at any time and submitted by email to
If successful at this stage, you will be invited to complete a full application. This involves a form with more information, a business plan (template) and a cashflow (template).
Full applications will be considered at panel meetings in September 2017, November 2017 and March 2018. There may be opportunity for a face-to-face presentation on the date of the panel. See the Fund Criteria for further details.

Resources about Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise Factsheet – introductory guide by Greater Manchester CVS
Social Enterprise Explained – more detailed introduction by Social Enterprise UK
Guide to Setting up a Social Enterprise in Leeds – detailed guide on turning your ideas into a Social Enterprise

Find out about some established social entrepreneurs, their inspiration and their journeys:
Oomph! keeping care home residents active and improving wellbeing
Memory Matters – giving people living with dementia the respect they deserve
Sporting Memories – sport loving social entrepreneurs tackling dementia
Active Minds – activities available for people and carers living with dementia
Growing support – getting back to nature

Meet some of our successful applicants

Julie’s story…

Julie 2






Ben’s Story…







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