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The Leeds Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Ideas that Change Lives – Kickstart and Development Grants.
The Ideas that Change Lives programme offers business guidance and financial investment to help organisations and individuals develop socially enterprising ideas which support people in Leeds with care and support needs.
The programme is funded through Leeds City Council Adult Social Care’s “Better Lives” initiative, which aims to ensure services help people to live independently. The other key strand of Better Lives is the LeedsDirectory.org, which lists over 1,500 organisations and services including quality assured domestic services such as cleaning, gardening and personal care. The Directory also includes leisure, lifestyle, health and other general services, which can also support independence.
Ideas that Change Lives provides business support and development funding to individuals and organisations with socially enterprising ideas, because they think that social enterprise can be an important way of meeting the needs of adults with care and support needs, and helping them to live independently.
Focus of the fund
They want to support ideas which made a real impact with:
The types of activity they seek to develop social enterprises to undertake include:
Business Support is provided by experienced social enterprise business advisors from SEE Ahead. It is available at any stage of the process from developing your idea, drafting a business plan or applying for investment, to implementing the idea, i.e. to all applicants.
Financial Investment is provided in the form of grants. There are two levels of investment, which can fund 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.
Kick Start Investment (£500 – £4,000) 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. The Foundation is looking to fund new social enterprises/socially enterprising activities that can become financially sustainable beyond the end of the investment process, either through generating income, charging or being commissioned. The Kick Start funding can be used to carry out research, set up a pilot or feasibility study, access expertise or consultancy, or any other activity that helps to develop your idea further.
Development Investment (£4,001 – £15,000): available for services/activities that support people with care and support needs to remain independent. If you apply for this, they would expect you to have a costed business plan and already be an incorporated body with social aims and profits used for social aims. The service must be capable of being delivered on a sustainable basis through income generated from trading e.g. through being contracted to deliver services or individuals paying for the service directly through personal budgets or self-funding.
Development funding recipients will be required to access the networking and training opportunities available through ItCL as a condition of the grant. If previously awarded a Kick Start Award, you must have spent the funding awarded and reported on impact before you can apply for Development Investment.
Grants will not be awarded to or for: