Do you have the beginnings of an organisation that could improve a community or tackle a social issue? Are you passionate about helping other people or the environment?
We could support you for a year through the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, with the support of Big Lottery Fund.
This programme has been supporting people like you for five years, and 95% of students say it positively meets their training needs.
What’s on offer?
- A free learning programme
- A grant of up to £3,000 (free cash to help you fund your project)
- A community of people who run social and environmental projects
There is no cost to you at any point.
Is it really free?
Yes! Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Big Lottery Fund have funded every place and grant on this programme, because they are committed to supporting social entrepreneurs.
How do I apply?
Go to the original page to download the Application Pack and to submit your application.
When is the deadline for applications?
The deadline is Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 1pm.
When does the programme run?
The programme runs from October 2017 – October 2018.
Where can I do the programme?
The Start Up programme runs in:
- Scotland (Edinburgh)
- East Midlands
- West Midlands
You can choose the location that best suits you. (We can’t guarantee your first choice, but we’ll do our best!)
What happens on the 14 learning days?
The Start Up programme helps you develop your plans into a sustainable organisation with a clear vision for creating social impact.
Our learning programmes are different to traditional teaching. We’re not about essays and academia. We believe in learning from other people’s stories. You’ll hear from inspiring social entrepreneurs who speak frankly about the good, the bad and the ugly of running an organisation.
We’ll also introduce you to experts to help you develop new skills. You’ll build a network of peers and professionals who can support you.
You’ll learn about how to:
- Set up your organisation, using a suitable legal structure
- Make money and develop your business model
- Manage finances
- Develop your impact and purpose
- Keep a work/life balance
- Build networks
- Do marketing and social media
- Build confidence in your leadership skills
The course is a transformational experience that will push, challenge and support you. It will give you the confidence and skills to create the impact you’re aiming for.
How much time will it take?
The 14 learning days happen on one or two-day blocks every four to six weeks, so you have enough time to get on with everything else.
You’ll be able to keep your day-job and keep up other responsibilities.
How does the grant work?
All students on the Start Up programme receive a grant of up to £3,000, thanks to funding from Big Lottery Fund. (That’s free money to help you start up your project.)
If you join the programme you will be paired with a Grant Manager and the grant will be paid in instalments throughout the programme. Payment of the grant is directly linked to course attendance.
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