West Midlands Social Enterprise Boost Fund
The West Midlands Social Enterprise Boost Fund
The West Midlands Social Enterprise Boost Fund Partnership (SEBFWestMids) is pleased to announce that we are working with DCMS to deliver the Social Enterprise Boost Fundto kick start and accelerate social enterprise activity in Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
The Fund aims to grow and sustain the social enterprise sector and to share evidence on the impact of the Fund on social enterprises, and their impact on local areas. The SEB Fund will run from March 2023 – March 2025 across the selected areas of County Durham, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Thanet, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.
The West Midlands Social Enterprise Boost Fund will offer a range of grants and targeted business support to help new and existing social enterprises start up, scale up and grow, creating positive social and environmental impact.
The partnership organisations are Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE), Wolverhampton Voluntary Community Action (WVCA), Access2Business, Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and SWEDA.
Speaking about the launch of the partnership, Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said:
“This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for social enterprises in the West Midlands to access the funding and support they need to grow and thrive. We are committed to building a sustainable and inclusive social economy that benefits everyone, and social enterprises play a crucial role in achieving that goal. It is the WMCA’s aim to double the size of the social economy within the next 10 years – and i-SE and their partners can make a major contribution to that ambition through this programme.”
Cathy Brown, CEO of iSE (Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs) added:
“We are thrilled to be leading the SEBFWestMids partnership in this exciting initiative. We know that social enterprises can create real change in communities across the region, and we are all excited to support them in achieving their goals.”
The West Midlands Social Enterprise Boost Fund Programme is now open for expressions of interest. Social enterprises interested in applying can find out more information on the website: http://www.SEBFWestMids.com/