Social Enterprise Support Fund

Covid 19 Social Enterprise Thursday August 20th, 2020

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, delivered by Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd and supported by CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka, the Social Enterprise Support Fund awards emergency funding of between £10,000 and £300,000 to support social enterprises during Covid-19. The Fund will help social enterprises to meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces Covid-secure, and manage liquidity during the next six months.

Social enterprises who are working in one of the following priority areas are eligible to apply:

1) Social enterprises supporting people who are at high risk from Covid-19 – specifically social enterprises that:

  • Connect with older people 
  • Connect with disabled people
  • Provide advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis
  • Provide support to those in medical care or end of life care

2) Social enterprise supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the Covid-19 crisis – specifically social enterprises that:

  • Provide essential items directly to families who are hit hardest
  • Support BAME and other communities who experience health inequalities 
  • Support people who experience loneliness and social isolation
  • Support people who experience poor mental health 
  • Support children and young people to achieve their potential

The funding can be used for two types of support:

  • Funding for activities supporting people and communities affected by Covid-19; and/or
  • Helping organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they are facing as result of the crisis.

Applications from social enterprises that are led by people from BAME backgrounds, people with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or by people with lived experience of the issue they are seeking to resolve are particularly welcomed.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund partnership is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Covid-19 Community-led Organisations Recovery Scheme.

Deadline: There are three funding rounds:

  • Round 1: CLOSED
  • Round 2: Thursday 13 August 2020, 1pm – Thursday 20 August 2020, 1pm
  • Round 3: Thursday 10 September 2020, 1pm – Thursday 17 September 2020, 1pm

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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