Leeds projects can get their share of £90,000 funding

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GROUPS AND projects supporting vulnerable people in Leeds could grab a share of a £90,000 cashpot.

The Ideas that Change Lives grants programme returns this month and invites innovative organisations across the city to apply for grants of £500 to £10,000.

The programme, funded by Leeds City Council’s adult social care department and part of its Better Lives project, will launch on January 20.

The funding is aimed at projects that give residents the care and support they need to live independently in their own homes.

Successful applicants will also get a full support programme, which will include workshops and one-to-one sessions with experienced business advisors.

Projects that could benefit from the grants include mental health support initiatives or groups working with the elderly or people with learning or physical disabilities.

Speaking about the programme, councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “One of the council’s key priorities is to look at new ways of providing care and support for people with specific health needs that will help them remain at home for longer.

“We know there are already lots of innovative ideas out there which can enable people in Leeds to live better, more independent and healthier lives.

“The Ideas that Change Lives programme will provide 
vital start-up funding and 
practical support to help turn some of those ideas into pilot projects or wider programmes so they can then start providing important and practical support to vulnerable people in our communities.”

Ideas that Change Lives has been running for three years.

The free launch event on January 20 will take place at the St George’s Centre on Great George Street in Leeds from 10am to noon.

Visit www.ideasthatchangelives.org.uk to find out more or book a place at the launch event.

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