Enterprise Development Programme - Enterprise Learning

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 31 October 2018


Business support, including grant funding, is available to help leaders of established charities and social enterprises working in the youth or homelessness sectors in England.

Maximum Value: £ 10,000

Value Notes

Match Trading grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Match Trading is a new form of grant funding created by SSE in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, Big Lottery Fund and Power to Change. This type of grant supports organisations to develop their earned income, by matching increases in their income from trading and sales, pound-for-pound.

The following non-financial business support is also available:

  • A leadership programme: 8+ days of learning for CEOs and directors.
  • Peer-learning and expert support.

Extended Description

Enterprise Learning is a pilot scheme administered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) that forms part of the new, collaboratively managed Enterprise Development Programme. Funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment this £40 million initiative will run for five years and aims to provide support to social sector organisations making the transition to new enterprise models or trying to grow existing ones.

The Enterprise Learning scheme is one of two funding strands for the programme (the other is Enterprise Grants, which has a separate entry). Business support - in the form of a leadership programme, peer learning and expert support - and Match Trading grants are available for charities and social enterprises based in England to develop or grow their enterprising activity and earned income. Organisations must be operating in one of the following fields:

  • Homelessness
  • Youth services

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2018 (1pm).                                    

Key Criteria

Applications are invited from CEOs or directors of charities or social enterprises based in England.

To be eligible organisations must be:

  • Supporting young people or people experiencing homelessness.
  • Established and growing: typically total annual income will be £50,000 or more for youth organisations or £100,000 or more for homelessness organisations (ie total income is from all sources, including grant, donation, trading and other sources.
  • Wanting to increase and develop new income from trading

Interested organisations that are generating lower income than the eligibility criteria requests should contact Amber Sorrell at SSE, as they may still be considered.

Eligible Expenditure

Enterprise Learning support is provided to help the leaders of charities or social enterprises progress their organisations to the next stage of growth in the following ways:

  • Develop the organisation's income from trading (earned income).
  • Lead a team for diversification and growth.
  • Overcome strategic challenges.
  • Build a support network of peers and experts in the organisation's sector.

For the learning days, which take place in London between January and August 2019, accommodation and meals are provided, and travel costs reimbursed.

Application Procedure

Applicants must first register their interest with SSE by completing the short online form before completing the full application form.

Contact the School for Social Entrepreneurs for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Amber Sorrell
School for Social Entrepreneurs 
Second Floor 
The Fire Station 
139 Tooley Street 
0207 089 9120