Scale+Innovate: Employability & training | Environment & conservation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Good news – we’re still going ahead with this programme! Don’t worry, activities will happen online or by phone, not in person. We have suspended in-person activities for the time-being, in line with government guidelines. Instead, we will deliver learning online, and adapt content to suit your needs during these challenging times. (If you can’t access online learning, we’ll try to find another format that is accessible for you.) Please bear in mind that some of the info below may suggest in-person activities. We will update this as soon as we can – thanks for bearing with us during this busy time.


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Applications are now open!

Do you run an established charity or social enterprise working in employability and training or environment and conservation?

Looking to scale your organisation and implement a new initiative to help recover and rebuild from Covid-19?

Scale+Innovate is a free programme, run in partnership with the Postcode Innovation Trust, a grant-giving body funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

We’re looking for small to medium size organisations with a turnover of £75,000 a year or more, looking for support to scale further.

Ready to apply? Make sure to read the guidance notes first!

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility

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. To that end, we actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes.

We’ll make reasonable adjustments regarding accessibility to ensure all are welcomed onto the programme. Please get in touch – we’re happy to talk things through.

What will I learn?

As well as a £1,000 Booster grant to help you implement a new idea in the wake of Covid-19, you’ll learn about:

  • Leadership and management
  • Functions, systems and process
  • Branding, sales and comms
  • Impact and evaluation
  • Strategy and sustainable business model
  • Building your network of influence

The programme is made up of 10 learning days and additional Action Learning Sets between February and September 2021, focused on helping you scale your organisation.

Inspiring social entrepreneurs and charity leaders will share what they’ve learnt growing an organisation, and experts will help you develop new skills.

You’ll be in a group of around 15 people are at a similar stage to you. You’ll form Action Learning Sets (a bit like group coaching) to support you to overcome specific challenges you’re facing as the leader of an organisation.

How do I apply?

Download guidance notes

Download large print, plain text version

Make sure you read the programme guidance notes to ensure you’re eligible for the programme and that it’s right for you.

Once you’ve done that, and you’re ready…

  • Apply through this application form.
  • You can save your application and return to it at a later date. Just click “Save for later”, and you will be given a unique link to return to your application. Remember to save this link. (We will also email it to you. Check your junk folder if you can’t find the email).
  • When you’ve completed all the questions, click “Preview” to review your application, then click “Apply”. You’ll receive a copy of your submission by email and will then be redirected to our equalities monitoring form.

Please note that part of the application can also be submitted using a video or audio recording – the application form contains detail about this.

Apply by 12pm (midday) on 9th December 2020

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Briana Fernandes, programme officer, on or 0207 089 9120.