Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

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

Ever year, this programme helps 260 people to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. It supports people for a year with:

  • A learning programme (14 days spread over a year)
  • 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.

Unfortunately, you’ve missed the chance to apply for the 2018-19 programme, but we can let you know when we open applications in spring 2019 if you register your interest below.

Register your interest for 2019-20

Which programme level are you interested in?

Please email me when applications open.
(We promise to only contact you about this programme. Here’s our data protection policy.)

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

Discover Start Up

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

Discover Trade Up

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?

You can register your interest for the 2019-20 programme at the top of this page. We’ll open for applications at 9am on Tues 19th February. The deadline for applications is 28th March at midday.

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. There are more detailed criteria for each programme level via the links above.

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