Enterprise Development Programme

Helping charities and social enterprises transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.

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The Enterprise Development Programme is a five year programme, providing a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.

Two year-long pilots of the Programme were launched in September 2018 for charities and social enterprises working in the Youth and Homelessness sectors.

Enterprise Grants is administered by Social Investment Business and will award grants of £1.85m over the course of the pilot.  The current round of grants is now closed to new expressions of interest but it is planned to launch a further window later in 2019.  Enterprise Learning is a leadership peer-learning initiative which is offering business support and expert guidance to 40 leaders of charities and social enterprises, and is being run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.  All places are now fully allocated but it is anticipated that further opportunities for learning will be opened up later in the life of the programme.

We are committed to taking a responsive and iterative approach to developing this programme. We are also committed to building a movement with partners who share our ambitions to grow enterprise, and they will play a role in shaping how our work evolves.

We have chosen to focus these pilot programmes on two sub-sectors – homelessness and youth services. This is because we believe that these sectors have significant untapped potential for enterprise development and therefore a latent requirement for social investment, and it is where we believe our programme can offer significant additional benefit. We are working with Homeless Link, The Centre for Youth Impact and UK Youth as our sector partners on the programme. Our ambition is then to build on what we have learned and broaden our programme out to further sub-sectors.

If your organisation works within either of these sectors, please visit the programme site to find out more.