Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Are you planning to grow an organisation that helps people in need? Are you running or starting up a project to create social or environmental impact?

We could support you through the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund. Applications for this programme open in early 2018 – register your interest via the pages below to hear from us then.

We’ll help you to grow your organisation for a year, by providing:

  • A learning programme
  • A grant of up to £10,000
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people who run social and environmental projects

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. We welcome people from all backgrounds, including ex-offenders. You don’t need any educational qualifications.

There is no cost to you at any point.

Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Big Lottery Fund have funded every place and grant on this programme, because they are committed to supporting social entrepreneurs.

We’ve been running this programme together since 2012, and 95% of our students say we positively meet their training needs. School for Social Entrepreneurs has supported social entrepreneurs for 20 years.

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 2018

  • 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

Find out more about Start Up 2018

Trade Up 2018

  • Your project was established at least a year ago, and probably has at least one paid member of staff
  • You are looking to grow your organisation by increasing your trading income

Find out more about Trade Up 2018

Scale Up 2018

  • Your project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff
  • You are looking to grow your organisation by scaling your model

Find out more about Scale Up 2018

Bike mechanics fixing bikes at the Bike Project

Jem Stein, Bike Project

“The SSE is a unique environment which has provided me with the funding, the network, the skills, and, most importantly, the inspiration to scale up The Bike Project.”

FAQs

What’s the deadline to apply?

The deadline for the 2017 programme passed on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 1pm.

You can register your interest in the 2018 programme via the Start Up, Trade Up and Scale Up pages.

Is this really free?

Yes! And we’ll give you a grant of up to £10,000.

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.

 

Thank you to our funders for supporting this programme

What impact is this programme having?

Since 2012, this programme has supported 1,300 social entrepreneurs. In 2017-18, we will support another 260. One in four students of this programme have direct experience of the social issue they aim to address, and half work in the 20% most deprived UK communities.

Read the full impact report