Ideas that Change Lives - Investment Briefings

The Ideas that Change Lives (ITCL) programme offers business support and financial investment to support and encourage organisations and individuals to develop socially enterprising ideas.

Older people

The initiative is part of Leeds City Council Adult Social Care’s “Better Lives” programme that encourages the development of services to help people to live independently. The other key strand is the, which lists over 1,200 organisations and services including quality assured domestic services such as cleaning, gardening and personal care. This also includes leisure, lifestyle, health and other information services which support independence.

What is Ideas that Change Lives?

The ITCL programme aims to help people living in Leeds who have care and support needs to remain independent and improve their health and well-being. This may include groups of people such as:

  • Older people
  • People with a learning disability
  • People with a physical disability or sensory impairment
  • People with a mental health need 

The programme is looking to support ideas which will make a real difference to the people above, and have potential for developing as a social enterprise – primarily through charging customers for services.

Are you eligible to apply? 

To find out if you are eligible visit the Ideas that Change Lives Eligibility Guidelines.

Available grants schemes

The next application round will close on Friday 26 September 2014:

Kick Start Fund, £500-£2,000 – for individuals or organisations that have an idea for a socially enterprising service that can support people to live independently in their own homes but need support to develop the idea further before a full business plan can be developed.

Start Up Fund, up to £10,000 - for projects that support people with care and support needs to remain independent.We will not consider an application directly to this Fund unless you have discussed your idea with us first, so please either submit the Ideas form or get in touch with us to talk more about your idea.

Next Steps 

Option 1 | If you already have a good idea you want to discuss, please download an Ideas Form (.doc). Return your form to

Once this has been reviewed they will contact you to discuss how they may be able to help you further either through free and practical business support or directing you to apply for financial support or both.

Option 2  | If you want to find out more about the ITCL programme, attend one of their briefing sessions at Leeds Community Foundation.

Current sessions are listed on Leeds Community Foundation website.

More information

If you require any further information about the programme please call 0113 242 2426.