Essential financial support for social enterprises recovering from COVID-19

The fund provides grants to help social enterprises rebuild from COVID-19. It is established in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and five social enterprise support agencies. It is now closed for applications, having in 2021/2 supported 500 enterprises with £16.1m of funding.

  • Funding & eligibility

    We offered grants of £10,000 to £100,000 to England social enterprises. In 2021/2, we issued grants worth £16.1m to 500 social enterprises across England.

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  • About us

    More about the Social Enterprise Support Fund and the partners delivering it

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Should you apply?

  • Social enterprises in England

    Your social enterprise must have been incorporated for at least a year. Most of your beneficiaries should be in England.

  • Reliant on trading for impact

    Your annual income was between £20,000 and £1.8 million pre-COVID-19 or in your last financial year. Your social enterprise on should be substantially reliant income from trading (e.g. sales and contracts) to deliver social impact. If your trading has been affected by COVID-19, you should have a clear plan for growing or returning to substantial trading income.

  • Our priorities

    We want to reach the most marginalised communities and to promote inclusion. We want to support social enterprises that are helping communities affected by COVID-19 to recover, and to help social enterprises themselves to recover and rebuild their trading.