Time to Shine Small Funds

The Small Funds Programme was 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 who are living in Leeds.

There are a total of 12 rounds with different themes each round. This is Round 8 which is an OPEN round (i.e. has no specific theme).


Time to Shine Small Funds wants to be responsive to the needs that groups are aware of in Leeds, we have included this Open round to give applicants a wider opportunity to seek Time to Shine Small Funds and help tackle social isolation and loneliness.

Examples of previously funded projects have included a breakfast café for older isolated men, a befriending project for older isolated people living with dementia and a postcard writing project linking isolated older people with new friends around the world using a combination of IT and traditional writing methods.

But we want to hear from you on how you want to address social isolation and loneliness in older people aged 50+.


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

Closing Date
Thursday 12th July 2018 – at 12 noon. We aim to inform all applicants whether they have been funded by week commencing 20th August 2018.

Fund Criteria
Before applying, please read the Fund Criteria here.
Eligibility for projects supported by current Time To Shine Delivery Partners click here.

To Apply
Please first 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, Round Four on Relationships, Round Five on Transport; Round Six had dual themes of Transport and ‘Open round’ and Round Seven was an Open round.

The themes for the final four rounds – Round 9-12 – will be confirmed in the near future.

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