The new fund will provide grants and non-financial support to social enterprises and charities within England. It aims to support social enterprises that are diverse-led with key focuses on supporting enterprises to recover and rebuild and on ensuring equitable and inclusive delivery of support.
We are looking for 5 partners who are Black, Asian, Minority ethnic and/ or disabled and or LGBTQTIA+ to ensure our outreach is equitable, diverse and compliments our current staff diversity. We also welcome partners who reach communities who are using their lived experience of a social issue to lead change.
We want to connect with the enterprises you work with, especially those working with marginalised communities (ie Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, LGBTQTIA+, disabled) and those who have the best solutions to loneliness, community resilience and long term economic, social and cultural health. The new fund’s priority areas for communities are:
- Managing poverty, debt management (e.g., tackling inequality, homelessness)
- Enabling routes back to employment (e.g., skills and job training, access to vacancies, job creation)
- Overcoming educational disadvantage (e.g., helping disadvantaged children and young people catch up)
- Improving physical health (e.g. working with sufferers of long COVID, or existing health conditions worsened by COVID)
- Improving mental health (e.g., young and older people, bereavement, domestic and child abuse, addiction
We are offering Inclusion Partners a fee of up to £2,000 for their time for signposting social entrepreneurs operating in London, North West, South East and East of England to the online portal.
We are inviting expressions of interest outlining:
- Your role in building resilience in your geography, focusing on your track record of working with marginalised communities;
- Your ideas for developing an inclusive pipeline for social enterprises and charities to access the funding and support;
- Your approach to identifying the key needs of marginalised communities to restart and recover from the effects of the pandemic;
- How you are representative of and embedded in one or more marginalised communities.
- An outline of your timeline and budget for the fee.
You can download the full brief with additional details on timelines and our inclusion targets for the fund here.