Time to Shine Small Funds

Grant size: £5,000 to £10,000

Location: Leeds

Deadline: 16/05/2019

Time to Shine Small Funds

Final Round #11:  Open round

Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine (TtS) is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50. TtS selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that engage socially isolated people. Within the programme is robust, external local and national evaluation to test and learn from the approaches and inform future work. Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas, selected from an original 100 in England. LOPF secured approximately £6 million from the National Lottery Community Fund to reach more than 15,000 people in the city by 2021.

The Small Funds Programme is part of TtS and has 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. Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to deliver this scheme in partnership with TtS and this is the final (11th) round. Funds are available to support a range of community-based, one-year projects that older people in Leeds, who are most susceptible to the adverse effects loneliness and isolation, can get involved with.

Time to Shine Small Funds wants to be responsive to the needs that groups are aware of in Leeds and so this final round has an open theme (i.e. no specified theme) to give applicants a wider opportunity to seek Time to Shine Small Funds.

To date, 50 TtS Small Funds projects have been funded, bringing a variety of approaches to engage with isolated, lonely older people. Examples of previously funded projects include accessible transport schemes to ensure independence and engagement; befriending projects including supporting older isolated people living with dementia; increased social connections and skill building through shared interests (radio broadcasting, cooking, arts and craft); out-of-hours or intergenerational activity.

But we want to hear from you on the best ways to address isolation and loneliness in the older people aged 50+ you support.



Please click the Apply Now button to the left of this page to access the Time to Shine Small Funds online application form.  Alongside your online application, you will 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.

You can apply for awards of between £5,000 and £10,000 to be spent within 12 months of payment receipt to deliver 6 to 12 month projects.

We have £45,000 to distribute in this round.



The deadline for the receipt of all Round 11 applications is Thursday 16 May 2019 at 12noon. We aim to distribute funds to successful applicants by early July 2019. Funding allocated should be spent within 12 months of receipt.  

If you are successful, you will need to:

  • sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement
  • submit interim and end of project monitoring reports, provide case studies (templates will be provided) and use evaluation tools to show the impact the project has made on the participant’s levels of social isolation and/or loneliness (for example: Outcome Stars, Wellbeing Wheels, Campaign to End Loneliness questionnaires, Measuring Loneliness Questionnaire, or self-designed). Please note that since Round 7 the monitoring requirements have now changed and groups will no longer be required to complete Time to Shine Evaluation questionnaires (previously referred to as ‘CMF’)
  • credit support from the Time to Shine programme and Leeds Community Foundation, on all materials related to the funded work.

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 supporting people living in the Leeds Metropolitan District Area . Your organisation doesn’t need to be based in Leeds but the project you apply for must only benefit residents of Leeds. If based outside of Leeds, you will need to explain the links you already have to deliver this activity in the city.

Types of activities that can be funded

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
  • practical projects that provide real, tangible impact as opposed to information or events
  • 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
  • sustainable projects. Time to Shine Small Funds are limited to 12 month projects (minimum length 6 months), we are therefore looking for projects which embed and can demonstrate sustainability within their project proposal.

The fund can be used to expand or broaden a current scheme / project or introduce a new idea / activity / pilot to address social isolation and loneliness. 



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • ‘for-profit’ organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • individuals
  • retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • activity that is purely about research, though evaluation of the proposed activity can be funded
  • capital Projects (where capital costs are between 50%-100% of the total project cost): buildings including upgrades and refurbishment; vehicle purchase (but can fund general transport costs as part of your project).
  • costs associated with a project which you are already undertaking (although we will pay for expanding or broadening a current project if you can demonstrate it is effective, and how the planned expansion addresses an identified need) or to replace funding streams that are no longer available
  • current Time to Shine delivery partners and projects costs paid to Time to Shine delivery partners. For a list of current delivery partners and the eligibility criteria for groups supported by current delivery partners please read the ‘Eligibility for projects supported by current TtS Delivery Partners’ document
  • campaigning activity
  • 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

Organisations can receive a maximum of two funding awards in Rounds 7 to 12. 


A PDF of this information can be downloaded here.


If you would like further information on this round or any other aspect of Time to Shine Small Funds, please contact Leeds Community Foundation at First Floor, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds LS1 2TE, Telephone: 0113 242 2426, Email: grants@leedscf.org.uk.