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Ideas That Change Lives

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 which enable Leeds residents with care and support needs to remain independent.

ITCL offers two levels of grant funding:

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 the team to talk more about your idea.

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 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

Free Workshops
Free support is also available through the Enterprise Event Series delivering workshops and seminars to help those looking to establish a social enterprise or those in the early stages of development.

They will provide you with everything you need to know about starting, growing and running your own social enterprise.

Sessions coming up include Legal Structure & Governance, Marketing, Measuring Social Impace and more. For dates and information about what is available please visit:

All events will be held at Leeds Community Foundation, from 09.30am -12.30pm.

If you find a session you want to attend is fully booked, please email so you can be added to the waiting list.

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