Time to Shine Seasonal Loneliness Fund

Grant size: £500 to £2,500

Location: Leeds

Deadline: 05/09/2019 at 12 noon

Time to Shine Seasonal Loneliness Fund

Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50. Time to Shine selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that engage socially isolated people.

We know that older people can be particularly lonely and isolated over holiday periods, when other activity and support often stops.  Time to Shine will be working with Leeds Community Foundation to make grants to community groups addressing seasonal loneliness over the Christmas holidays 2019 and the summer holidays 2020.

  • Theme: One-off events or short projects to address seasonal loneliness amongst people aged over 50
  • Location: Leeds
  • Timeframe: funded activity to be delivered entirely during the periods 22 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 and/or 1 August 2020 to 31 August 2020
  • Grant size: £500 to £2,500


Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)
  • Are based in or supporting people living in the Leeds Metropolitan District area

If the programme is heavily oversubscribed, we will give priority to smaller, locally rooted groups.


Size of Grant

The minimum request is £500. The maximum is £2,500.


What can the Fund support?

With the ultimate aim being to reduced loneliness and isolation amongst older people, the fund will support one-off events or community activities, including those that are intergenerational and whole-community based, which bring people together to experience and enjoy each other’s company at these important and potentially more lonely times.

We are looking for:

  • projects that bring a new way of working into your organisation to address needs of those socially isolated older people who find it hardest to access support due to geography; mobility; culture or other factors
  • activity that increases resilience or builds networks which enable older people to increase their social opportunities and networks
  • applications that show that they are addressing a specific need in their community and that there is demand for their services
  • projects which are proactive and work with other organisations to refer and signpost to enable people to access a wider range of support
  • projects which involve older people. Older people are at the heart of everything that happens in Time to Shine so we would encourage projects to think widely about their involvement in all elements of your project: from design to delivery and evaluation
  • projects which consider how they contribute to a change in societal attitudes and behaviours towards older people, leading to reduced social isolation by making it everybody’s business to do so.


Types of activities that can be funded

We expect to fund a wide variety of one-off events and short projects addressing loneliness over the holiday periods.  This might include things like:

  • an intergenerational Christmas lunch, bringing together older people with young people
  • a Hanukkah celebration bringing older people together
  • a summer trip to the sea side for older people who might not get a summer holiday
  • intergenerational arts and craft sessions over August, when children are on school holidays and many older-peoples groups take a break due to lack of volunteers

These are just a few examples: we’re sure you can think of many more which address the needs in your local area.



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
  • Individuals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
  • Capital appeals for building projects
  • Activities taking place outside of the periods 22 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 and/or 1 August 2020 to 31 August 2020


When can you apply?

The fund opens on the 23 July 2019 and the deadline to apply is 12 noon on 5 September 2019.

Funding will be awarded in October, so that delivery can take place during the periods 22 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 and/or 1 August 2020 to 31 August 2020.

How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form available at the end of this document.   You will also need to submit a signed copy of the organisation’s governance document, signed copy of accounts, and list of name and addresses of management committee/board members. Copies of safeguarding policy documents will be requested if applicable.

We expect this programme to be highly oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment.

If you’re successful, you’ll also need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

What happens after you’ve applied?

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application.  We will then assess your application and may need to contact you and your referee during this time.  If your application is shortlisted, it will then be submitted to an awards panel for further consideration. We’ll tell you their decision as soon as possible after they’ve met.

If you are successful, the grant letter/e-mail will include any additional conditions set by the panel and/or the grant payment and a grant funding agreement you will need to sign. The grant must be spent within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant. You must also complete an end of grant report telling us how the grant has been spent and what was achieved. The deadline for doing so will be specified in your offer letter. Please note that failure to provide appropriate monitoring information will exclude your organisation from applying to future grants schemes.

If your bid is not successful, we will let you know the reasons for declining it. Please note we have limited funding available and we are not able to fund every application we receive, no matter how deserving the project is. The decisions made by the grants panel are final.



If your application is successful, you will be required to credit support from the Time to Shine programme and Leeds Community Foundation, on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential monitoring visit from funders. 


To Apply

Click the Apply Now button to the left of this page for the online application.

If you post documents to us please send them to the address below using the correct postage and make sure the documents are received by us before the deadline. If you require more information about this fund please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email grants@leedscf.org.uk.


A PDF of this information is available to download here.