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Funding social enterprise projects

Week 47’s funding round up, marks National Social Enterprise Day on 20 November with a selection of digital accelerator programmes for all you aspiring tech innovators, business competitions for small organisations and startups that are looking to make their mark and funding opportunities with no deadlines.


1. Funding for social enterprises initiatives

If you are running a company limited by guarantee or a CIC, you may find this selection of core and revenue funding interesting

The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust provides core funding which goes towards the core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs. Sometimes they may look at offering unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives. You can apply at anytime, as there are no deadlines and you don’t have to be a registered charity.

More information here

Henry Smith Charity

Henry Smith Charity offers revenue grant to fund running costs, salaries and/or project costs. Applications for Revenue grants can be submitted at any time, provided that you do not have a Henry Smith active grant, an application in assessment or a declination letter received within the last 12 months. Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage (such as people with disabilities,) and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation.

More information here


UnLtd competitive awards programme offers support for social entrepreneurs at various stages of their journey. Check their website for the closing dates of specific awards programmes.

More information here


Nesta support a small number of exceptional ideas that meet their aims as a charity. They provide grant funding, challenge prizes and direct investment. Visit their website and sign up to their weekly newsletter and see what’s currently available.

More information here


2. Tis the season for a competition

The Business is GREAT Britain campaign

This competition is seeking to find the best of British innovation and expansion business, across the country. Categories include: best exporter, most innovative small business and best growth story.

More information here

Closing date: 15 December 2014


Makers of More

Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers have partnered to launch Makers of More: Your Idea, Your Community, Your Action. This initiative seeks to find people whose innovative ideas and inspirational work go beyond the ordinary to help unlock their community’s potential.

More information here

Closing date: 19 December 2014


The Venture

Do you believe that through business and innovation you can create positive change? If yes, now is the time to take a step forward! You could have the opportunity to win a share of $1million in funding.

More information here

Closing date 31 December 2014


3. Are you a tech innovator? Check out these imminent accelerator programmes


Barclays Accelerator

Barclays and Techstars are looking for 10 businesses to join their 13-week programme and help to change the way they think about finance. If you’re passionate about digital and tech innovation and have some radical ideas then apply before 9 January 2015

More information here


Lisbon Challenge

Lisbon Challeng is calling ambitious tech startups for its 3 month international programme. If you have just launched or about to launch and willing to spend 3 months in Lisbon, then this may be a good place to start. Closing date is 12 December 2014

More information here


Accelerator Academy

This 12-week high growth training and mentoring programme is designed for ambitious digital entrepreneurs.  A chance to test out your ideas. Closing date: 4 January 2015

More information here


Please contact us if you need support with business development and grant applications or call us on 020 7183 2624.

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