The Social Enterprise Support Fund is provided by the National Lottery Community Fund and administered by five social enterprise support agencies – Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd, with support from CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka.
The funding is intended to help social enterprises who have been affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic by providing support over the next six months so they can meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces COVID-secure, and manage liquidity.
The fund is aimed at social enterprises supporting people at high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19. It is committed to inclusion, working to ensure that the grants reach groups that are led by people from BAME communities, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, and leaders with lived experience of the issues that the social enterprise is addressing.
Applications for round 1 will be accepted from 1pm on 13 July to 1pm on 20 July 2020.