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School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) open for applications!

If you’re thinking or starting a social enterprise then look no further. Our friends over at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) are recruiting for their next cohort now. If you’re successful you get onto one of the best action learning programmes currently available for social entrepreneurs and we may even see you at one of the sessions.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer and how to find out more!

The School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands will support 40 social entrepreneurs through the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2017 supported by Big Lottery Fund.

The programme provides free support for a year:

  • A grant of up to £3,000
  • A learning programme comprising 15 days over 12 months
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people starting up social and environmental projects

Find out more by attending one of their 2 hour Information events:

  • Leicester – 23 March from 5:30pm – Book here 
  • Coventry – 28 March from 6:00pm – Book here
  • Birmingham #1 – 30 March from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Nottingham – 6th April from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Birmingham #2 – 11th April from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Wolverhampton – 12th April from 6:30pm – Book here

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2017.

“The SSE Midlands Start Up Programme is part of a UK-wide programme that will support 300 social entrepreneurs for a year.  This is the sixth year of this programme, and 99% of our students would recommend our programme.”
 

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Power to Change Guidance

A quick update for those of you who aim to grow your community businesses and to follow up on a post ( a few weeks ago) about the £10m fund.

Power to Change has now released the funding guidance to apply for the fund which will potentially provide up to 75% of the development costs with a ceiling application of £300,000.

Please note this is a fund that has strict criteria and is aiming to fund sustainable community business development so do check the criteria carefully. In previous rounds only 5% of applications were awarded and a very high proportion were not awarded based on the organisation not meeting the basic community business criteria.

You can download their guidance here http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Community-Business-Fund-applicant-guidance.pdf

 

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£10m fund to open in April

If you need £50,000 to £300,000 to support your community business to develop and grow then you’ll be pleased to know that the Power to Change £1om grant programme is opening a new funding round on 26th April 2016.

A few pointers:

Power to change is for community business rooted in the community with community ownership (check eligibility here) and in previous rounds it only funded 5% of applicants and more than two thirds of applications dd not meet their criteria. Funding will rarely exceed 75% of overall development costs.

Power to change is expecting this round will be highly competitive and is having further rounds in July and October. the fund expects to award relatively equal acorss each round.

Key dates to note:

  • 5 April: Full criteria will be published on the Power to Change Website the grants helpline will open to help you with your application and any questions you have about eligibility.
  • 19 April: They will host a free Q&A webinar about the programme.
  • 26 April – 1 June: First application window
  • July 2016: Second funding round opens
  • October 2016: Third funding round opens

To register your interest then click here

 

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Open to Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme is open for applications.

Now we’ve got your attention. The school for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) is open to applications. We are proud to work with the School for Entrepreneurs as “Expert Witnesses” on their Social Enterprise Start up programme not just because their Learning Manager (2015) said “every start-up programme should start with Development in Social Enterprise”, but because it’s probably the best start up programme for social entrepreneurs in the Midlands.

The programme offers:

  • 14 days of learning over a 12 month period starting in October
  • A mentor from Lloyds Bank
  • A £4000 grant to help get your idea off the ground.

As you can see the programme is an extensive action learning programme with a grant and therefore places are highly contested, but if you don’t apply you won’t be in the running!

They are holding an Information and Taster session in Birmingham in the evening of 3rd March to help you find out more and provide insight into what a successful application looks like – Book a place now.

The deadline for full applications is 1:00 pm on 21st March. Applications here https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

Good Luck!

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School For Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) Open for Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands is open for applications. Around 40 places are being offered.
The programme is free to attend and offers:

  • 14 days of learning over 12 months starting in October 2016
  • A mentor from Lloyds Banking Group
  • £4000 grant from Big Lottery to help get your idea started.

You will learn the key things that you need to know about running a successful social enterprise. You will learn with a group of like-minded individuals who will support you and encourage you.

Previous participants have described the programme as ‘Transformational’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Essential’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Priceless’ and ‘Hugely enjoyable’.

 

https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

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Want to find out more about the School for Social Entrepreneurs?

The West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs is holding an information event ahead of its next round of recruitment. If you’re interested in the programme why not pop along to find out more?

Demand for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs is high; so they are starting taster and information sessions early for our 2016/17 intake.

The programme provides 15 days of support, a Big Lottery grant of £4000 for participants, plus a mentor from Lloyds Bank over a 12 month period. As a result, demand outstrips the number of places they can offer – around 20 in the West Midlands and 20 in the East Midlands.

Their next programme starts in October 2016 and applications can be made between 1 February and 21 March 2016.

To help you understand more about the programme, decide if its right for you and get some useful tips and guidance on applying, we are running our first ‘taster session’ in Birmingham on 17 December from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

More information and booking https://ssemidlands.typeform.com/to/irdQlA

 

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Social Investment Tax Relief Made Simple – Free Webinar

Our friends at Big Society Capital have asked us to highlight this training which is aimed at advisors who provide support to other groups.

An overview of the things you need to know to understand how SITR can offer a route to raising funds for the organisations you work with.

 DATE: Tuesday 29th September 2015

TIME: 11am

DURATION: 45 minutes

As part of Big Society Capital’s GET IT initiative, we are hosting a free webinar for providers and advisors that work with trading charities and social enterprises to help them understand the opportunities that Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) brings to the sector. BWB Consultant, Neil Pearson, is our SITR expert and will provide a 30 minute walk through of who, what and when SITR can be used. This will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A time.

Further free CPD accredited events will be offered to those advisors who after the webinar feel they would benefit from a more detailed understanding of SITR.

If you are interesting in participating in this webinar, please sign-up here.

Please contact Esther Blake on eblake@bigsocietycapital.com for any further questions.

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Recruiting 250 Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is looking for 250 new social enterprise ideas for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme!

If you have a new business or project that will make a positive difference in your community, SSE & and the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme wants to hear from you. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a £4,000 grant to help you get started.  Applications for the Programme are open from 2nd February until 2nd April 2015.  For more information and details of how to apply visit http://bitly.com/1eA5RjQ

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Impact Readiness Fund

A quick post before we sign off for the Christmas break.

Are you a social venture that aims to seek investment or new contracts? Would improving and demonstrating your social impact help you to get there?

If the answer’s yes then you may want to have a look at the (time-limited) Social Investment Business (SIB) Impact Readiness Fund http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/impactready/criteria/

You’ll need to work with an “approved provider” (we know a few and can help here too) and meet the qualification criteria below.

  • Organisations must be social ventures that tackle social problems, are financially sustainable and want to scale up (this includes registered charities, social enterprises, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, Community Interest Companies, mutuals).
  • Must be based in England and this funding must support only work that will be done in England
  • Must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to securing investment (not grant finance), or to delivering public or private sector contracts
  • Have a strong track record of delivery
  • Provide clear and specific plans to build their ability to articulate their impact and to raise investment / win contracts. Applications must outline specific milestones and outcomes that will be achieved as a result of the grant
  • Applications should be for a new project or significant additional activities that meet the above aims
  • Applicants will be required to address the following in their grant applications: theory of change, beneficiaries, wider impact
  • Able to complete work plan within a maximum period of three months

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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