Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Are you committed to helping people in need or improving the environment?

This programme helps people to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. We could give you a year of support, including:

  • A learning programme
  • A grant
  • Mentoring
  • A supportive community

There is no cost to you at any point. The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund.

Which programme level is right for me?

This programme has three levels. Find out which one is for you via the links below.

Start Up (includes traditional grant)

  • Your project is in the planning stages but ready to start, or less than two years old
  • Your project income is less than £15,000 a year
  • You want to learn how to establish your organisation

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Trade Up (includes Match Trading grant)

  • Your project was established at least a year ago, and probably has at least one paid member of staff
  • Your project income is more than £15,000 a year (no upper limit)
  • You want to learn how to strengthen your organisation’s finances and impact to build a solid foundation for scaling

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Scale Up (includes Match Trading grant)

  • Your project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff
  • Your project income is more than £75,000 a year (no upper limit)
  • You want to learn how to scale your organisation from a solid foundation to create even more impact

Discover Scale Up

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What’s the deadline to apply?

Applications have now closed for the 2018-19 programme. If you’ve started your online application but not yet completed/submitted, please call our team on 0207 089 9120 or applications@sse.org.uk.

We’ll open for registrations of interest for the 2019-20 programme soon.

Who can apply?

We welcome people from all backgrounds, including long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, and people with disabilities. You don’t need any educational qualifications. We can help you at all stages: whether you have just an idea, you’re already up-and-running, or you’re ready to scale.

Is this really free?

Yes! And we’ll give you a grant!

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a charity. Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Big Lottery Fund support us by funding every place and grant on this programme, because they are committed to supporting social entrepreneurs.

What impact is this programme having?

  • This programme has supported 1,500 social entrepreneurs since we launched it in 2012.
  • We will support another 260 people in 2018-19.
  • One in four students of this programme have direct experience of the social issue they aim to address.
  • Half of this programme’s students work in the 20% most deprived UK communities.
  • We’re chuffed to tell you that 95% of our students say we positively meet their training needs.

Read the full impact report