Graphic of a leaflet promoting a programme to grow social enterprisesIf the answer is yes, and you meet the criteria (noted below), then Aston University may just have the programme for you, so why not check it out and apply.

They are currently recruiting for two programmes funded by WMCA Commonwealth Legacy Funds which could help. The Grow programme is for organisations with a turnover of £100k-£500k and comes with an incentivised grant of £10,000, whilst the Accelerate programme is for organisations with a £500k plus turnover and comes with a £20,000 incentivised grant.

What’s on Offer

  • Initial diagnostic assessment to help determine your trajectory for growth.
  • Support from an expert peer coach to develop a growth trading plan.
  • Invaluable insights from experts in social economy leadership through a series of interactive workshops and masterclasses.
  • Peer group coaching to help you achieve your growth trading plan.
  • Networking and peer-learning opportunities with other like-minded, ambitious social economy leaders.
  • In addition each participant will receive one-to-one mentoring and support from the School for Social Entrepreneurs


  • You are legally constituted, not for personal profit and
  • Based in the West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Have turnover as noted above

Deadlines to apply

  • The Grow Programme deadline is fast approaching –  12th April 2024
  • The Accelerate Programme is 3rd May 2024

More info and where to apply

Good Luck.