Genuinely Useful For Once: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I come bearing gifts. There is loads of good stuff in this week’s newsletter – funding, job opportunities, competitions to win. I guess after however many months of producing the usual drivel one of them finally had to hit the mark. Monkeys and typewriters etc etc…

A point of administration – my wife is expecting a baby in three weeks so if there is a sudden interruption to the weekly missives that’s why. It’s not because I’ve finally been found out and asked to leave SSE. At least I hope not.

Enjoy the news, and have a super bank holiday weekend.


Right, here we go. Funding news. Up first is Jewson’s Building Better Communities competition which is offering regional prizes of building materials worth £500 – £10,000 and a national prize of £150,000 to a renovation or new build project. Can you fix it? Yes you can.

Next, the Lloyds Bank Foundation have opened applications to their Invest programme, which offers grants ‘from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total’. Unusually, the grant is specifically for core organisational costs. (They also accept applications to their Enable programme on an ongoing basis – this offers grants of up to £15,000 over one or two years).

Over in hipster hotspot Shoreditch, the team at Unltd have stepped off their unicycles and put down their craft beer to welcome applications to their Grow It Award for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture. The scheme provides ‘tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash’.

If you have an environmental project in Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond, Runnymede, Slough, South Bucks, Spelthorne or Windsor and Maidenhead then the Heathrow Community Fund have  grants of £2,500 and £25,000 available. Also in the capital, the London Homelessness Awards have three prizes of £30k, £15k and £10k to organisations offering ‘innovative and sustainable approach to helping people who are homeless; or to stopping more people becoming homeless’.

Before you crack on an apply for any funding, you may want to come on one of our bid writing workshops – we’re running ‘Writing Successful Bids‘ in London on May 13th and ‘Better Bid Writing‘ in Dartington on May 26th. There are currently some spaces on both.

Our Cornwall school are in the final three days of their crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for ‘Parents Rock’ a new programme supporting parents of school aged children to start a social or environmentally focused business that will make a real difference to their local communities. There are some great rewards – you can back the campaign here.

We’re running the taster session for our Third Sector Digital Leaders session next Thursday (only 10 tickets left – book here). Ahead of it, Zoe Amar has written a blog ‘If your digital transformation feels uncomfortable, you’re doing it right.’

There are only a few days left to enter Elevator’s competition to win a freelance survival kit. There are some excellent prizes – chocolate, workspace, a new backpack, a place on an SSE workshop to name a few.replicas relojes

Hot on the heels of last week’s Communications Manager vacancy, we are now looking for a Network Manager to manage and develop the SSE social franchise network. Details of both roles here. Also recruiting are London based children’s charity The Winch, who are after a Chief Operating Officer. It looks like a really interesting job.

Finally, I enjoyed this: Check out the eerie similarities between a toddler and a CEO.

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