Ideas that Change Lives

Grant size: £500 – £15,000

Location: Leeds 

Deadline:12 noon on 10/07/19

The Ideas that Change Lives Programme

The Ideas that Change Lives programme offers business guidance and financial investment to help organisations and individuals to develop socially enterprising ideas.

Focus of the Fund 

The Ideas that Change Lives programme aims to help adults in Leeds with care and support needs to improve their health, improve their well-being and remain independent. It supports ideas that make a real impact with:

  • Older people;
  • People with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or sensory impairment;
  • People with mental health needs;
  • People with alcohol or substance use issues;
  • People with long term health conditions;
  • Housing related support and homelessness;
  • Carers; and
  • Young people in transition between services.

Support Available  

1. Practical support is provided by experienced social enterprise and business advisors from SEE Ahead. It is available at any stage of the process from developing your idea to implementation. 

2. Investment – There are two levels of investment which can fund either capital items or revenue costs. Funding can support pilot projects and start-up costs, or contribute to expanding or developing your current trading or enterprising activity. 

The two types of financial support available are:

a. Kick Start Investment (£500 – £4,000). This is for organisations with a socially enterprising idea that supports people to live independently in their own homes, but who need support to develop the idea into a full business plan. 

b. Development Investment (£4,001 – £15,000). This is available for services/activities that support people with care needs to remain independent. It is expected that organisations that apply for this grant will have a fully costed business plan and already be an incorporated body with social aims. 

Further Information 

The Ideas that Change Lives grant programme is currently open for applications. The deadline for the funding round is 12 noon on 10 July 2019

Detailed information about the grant programme can be found via the criteria sheet here. We strongly recommend that you read the criteria sheet in full prior to applying. 

Additional support is available from SEE Ahead  . Please note that applicants to the grant programme are expected to have contacted SEE Ahead prior to submitting an application. 



a. Kick Start Investment – A copy of the Kick Start application form can be accessed here

b. Development Investment – A copy of the Expression of Interest form can be accessed here. If the project is approved by the assessment team, a link to the full Development Investment application form will be emailed to you.  

If you have any questions regarding the programme, or would like to access free business support from SEE Ahead, then please contact our Grants Team on 0113 242 2426 or email