Environmental Entrepreneurs Programme

Applications have now closed!

In partnership with the Co-op Foundation, we’ll help organisations with environmental aims to grow, become more robust and increase impact.

Do you run a social enterprise or community based organisation that delivers an environmental impact?

We’ll help you to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to grow, increase your income and deepen environmental impact. You will be part of a supportive group of like-minded peers, committed to environmental causes.

Key benefits

The programme will help you to:

  • Build a sustainable organisation – developing a robust business model and identifying opportunities to generate sustainable income streams.
  • Deliver environmental impact – understand your environmental impact, intended outcomes and impact measurement tools.
  • Lead for Change – developing culture, managing teams and working with a Trustee Board.
  • Access to a diverse network of social entrepreneurs who’ll support your plans and help you through tough times.

Programme features

  • 6 days of cohort-based learning spread over 8 months
  • 3 Action Learning Sessions
  • Group and 1-2-1 coaching
  • Support network of like-minded peers

Read how this programme helped SSE Fellows, Annie Berrington from Get Out More and Esther Smith from the St Nicks Centre for Nature and Green Living, develop and grow their environmental organisations.


Who should apply?

We’re looking to work with leaders from social enterprises and community-based organisations who are working to deliver environmental change.

Your organisation must be based in either Yorkshire, the West Midlands and the North West.

For full eligibility criteria and support with your application, please download the guidance notes

When and Where does the programme take place?

To minimise our carbon footprint, this programme will be run predominantly online, with some face to face learning and  location visits across our recruitment areas – The West Midlands, The North West and Yorkshire – depending on current Government guidelines at the time.

The programme will take place between September 2021 and April 2022.

Applications have now closed!


If  you need any of the information about this programme in another format, or further assistance applying and accessing the application form, please let us know on  07944 013 854 or [email protected] and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

Our commitment to inclusion

We recognise that discrimination of all sorts infiltrates every part of our society, and we are working hard to counter that wherever we find it. We actively encourage applications from organisations that represent underrepresented groups. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes – just ambition and a desire to make a difference.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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