Important information for all applicants:
Our recruitment process is now fully online, and other activities will take place online until government guidelines change.
You’ll need even greater resilience, skills and networks to survive and thrive in these challenging times. We’ll make sure the learning on this programme meets your needs.
Important information for Trade Up and Scale Up applicants:
SSE will endeavor to support applicants during these challenging times. We will consider the impact of Covid-19 when assessing the income criteria. So if you were expecting to have £15,000 income this year for Trade Up (or £75,000 for Scale Up), but you are not going to because of Covid-19, please tell us about this in your application form. We will take this into account.
Given the current economic situation, we are reviewing the way we administer the Match Trading grant, to ensure the funding can support you in the best way possible in these challenging times. We’ll update you as soon as we can.
Please bear this in mind when reading the application guidance notes and making your application.
Applications are now open!
Are you committed to creating social or environmental impact?
This programme has helped almost 2,000 people like you to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations.
This year, we’ll support a further 260 people across the UK with:
- A learning programme
- A grant (£1,000 – £7,000)
- A supportive community of like-minded peers
The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
- Your project is in the planning stages but ready to start, or less than two years old. It makes £0 – £15,000 a year.
- You want to learn how to establish your organisation.
- Your project was established at least a year ago, and probably has at least one paid member of staff. It makes at least £15,000 a year. We will consider the impact of Covid-19 when assessing the income criteria. So if you were expecting to have £15,000 income this year but you are not going to because of Covid-19, please tell us about this in your application form.
- You want to learn how to strengthen your organisation’s finances and impact, to build a solid foundation.
- Your project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff. It makes at least £75,000 a year (no upper limit). We will consider the impact of Covid-19 when assessing the income criteria. So if you were expecting to have £75,000 income this year but you are not going to because of Covid-19, please tell us about this in your application form.
- Your organisation already has a solid foundation. Now you want to learn how to scale it to create even more impact.
What’s the deadline?
Applications are open until Thursday 30th April 2020.
Is this really free?
Yes! You can use the grant for your project’s running costs and to pay for travel and subsistence to support you in attending the learning programme.
The learning programme and mentoring is fully funded, thanks to funding from our partners Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and The National Lottery Community Fund. The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a charity.
Who can apply?
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.
Inclusivity is one of our core values, and everyone is welcome at SSE, including people who are long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, people with disabilities and people of all abilities. You don’t need any educational qualifications for this programme.
The impact of this programme
The 1,350 social entrepreneurs supported by the first five years of the programme have benefited the lives of 328,000 people – that’s more than the entire population of Coventry! They also created 4,000 jobs (full-time equivalent).