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Two new support programmes open for applications!

Our friends over at the School for Social Entrpreneurs (Midlands) are celebrating their sixth birthday and have two new programmes open for budding social entrepreneurs and recently established community businesses.

Here at DISE we often work with SSE Midlands as an expert witness in their start up programmes and we think the model of action learning support with a bit of seed funding is one of the best social enterprise start up programmes going, so encourange you to apply, here’s what’s on offer:

Environmental Entrepreneurs

SSE (Midlands) are looking to support 15 leaders of community organisations working specifically in the West Midlands and North of England. The programme is funded by the Co-operative Foundation. It is aimed at early stage community led, environmentally focussed organisations looking to move from a start up phase.  The programme is a particpatory learning and development programme which will take place in various locations across the West Midlands and North of England.

Applications are open now and the deadline is 1:00PM on 31st October.
Apply via https://www.the-sse.org/courses/environmental-entrepreneurs-programme/

Community Business Trade Up

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is run in partnership with Power to Change and the National Lottery Community Fund. Comes with a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000.

Applicants must be leading organisations that are:

  • Locally rooted – your organisation exists to benefit your local neighbourhood, village or town; your local area is at the heart of what you do
  • Accountable to the local community – you consult local people about what you do, and communicate with them
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community – you want to increase your income from trading by at least £10,000 in the next year, with profits re-invested to benefit your local community
  • Making a broad community impact – what you do engages different groups of people from your local area

The deadline for applications is 1:00PM on 27th November 2019.
Apply via bit.ly/SSECBTU2020
Anyone interested to know more can join an online webinar – Monday 7th October 12:00 to 1:00PM

 

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