The Social Enterprise Support Fund

The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides essential financial support to help social enterprises in England to rebuild and grow their income from trading, following the impact of COVID-19.

Our support fund for social enterprises, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, opened on the 25th November.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund, delivered by Big Issue Invest, Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd will be taking applications from social enterprises in England supporting those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. We will help social enterprises in managing the ongoing crisis.

 

The Social Enterprise Support Fund partners are working towards a benchmark of more than 50% of grantees across the fund being disabled and/or from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. They are also particularly encouraging applications from enterprises led by those with direct lived experience of the social issues they are trying to solve.

The first round is live from 1pm on the 25th November and will close for new applications and submissions on Monday 21st December, We advise you to start your application early so that you have plenty of time to get it just right and access any support that you might need.

There will be another opportunity to apply over the next three months, with the second-round reopening in February 2022. 

 

Find out more about the criteria and how you can apply – sesupportfund.org.uk

The Social Enterprise Support Fund

The Social Enterprise Support Fund

Social Enterprise Support Fund is a two-year project, delivered by Big Issue Invest, Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd, in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, The National Lottery Community Fund has committed £18m to the partnership, which will offer vital and rapid financial support to more than 500 social enterprises focused on supporting their communities to recover from the pandemic. This funding will help these enterprises to provide and improve services to some of the most marginalised groups and ensure these are sustainable at a time of economic uncertainty.