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Diversity and Ability (D&A)

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Grants up to £100k Available for Social Businesses and Charities!

Focused on funding social enterprises supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19, the Social Enterprise Support Fund is providing essential financial support to help social enterprises in England to rebuild and grow their income from trading, following the impact of COVID-19.

The 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.

Diversity and Ability are delighted to be one of six development partners for the fund, providing outreach and application support to organisations led by social entrepreneurs who are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, are disabled, and/or identify as LGBTQ+.

Emma Turner, Partnerships and Outreach Lead at Diversity and Ability, shared her excitement about the fund:

Social enterprises, led by those with lived experience, have the potential to dismantle the biases and barriers that limit so many of us from being able to participate fully in society. They're the key to unlocking an inclusive future where we can celebrate diversity in all its forms. Of course, so much damage has been done by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund gives social enterprises the financial support to get back on track, and we're so pleased to be a part of that.

Applications are open now but closing on 21st December, so get your application in as soon as possible to avoid missing this opportunity!

Find out more and apply now!