Social Enterprise in West Sussex
The term 'social enterprise' is used to describe a business
model where profit is reinvested principally to fulfill social
objectives or to grow the business, rather than maximise profit for
shareholders and owners.
Examples of social enterprises include some cooperatives and staff
mutuals, social firms, community interest companies, some companies
limited by guarantee or shares and community enterprises.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is leading a network of
organisations which provide countywide infrastructure support for
social enterprises. We focus our efforts both on start ups and on
existing social enterprises that wish to grow, as well as promoting
and raising the profile of social enterprise and providing access
to support, advice and information.
If you'd like to learn more about social enterprise or the
opportunities for support and information available, please visit
Sussex Social Enterprise Network (WSSEN) website.
Social Enterprise Fund 2014-15
The Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) was established in 2011/12 as
one of a number of initiatives to support the social enterprise
sector in West Sussex and to promote social enterprise throughout
This year the SEF is offering two streams of
grant funding as a means of investing in the social enterprise
sector for the longer term. These are:
- Stream 1 - Social Enterprise Early Stage
Development Grant to support social enterprise at earlier stages of
Deadline: 12 August 2014, 5.00pm.
Up to £50,000 is available to fund up to
10 organisations that want to undertake a piece of work to explore
their idea for social enterprise. The maximum grant that may be
awarded to an individual or organisation is £5,000.
This grant scheme is to help individuals and organisations who
have an idea for a social enterprise business and who wish to
explore and investigate this further so as to be able to assess
whether it is a viable business proposition. Any proposal must be a
business idea linked to clear social objectives. We anticipate
that the fund will support a wide range of proposals.
- Stream 2 - Social Enterprise
Main Grant scheme for social enterprises at the point of delivery
of new products or services.
Deadline for Expression of Interest Form: 14
August 2014, 5.00pm
Deadline for Full Bid Application Form: 18
November 2014, 5.00pm
Up to £275,000 is
available from the SEF for individuals or organisations to deliver
new products or services as a social enterprise. The maximum
grant that may be awarded to an individual or organisation is
Any proposal for funding must be a business idea, linked to
clear social objectives working to achieve social impact when
delivering services and products as a social enterprise.
You can apply for either Stream 1 or Stream 2, not for
both. Please ensure you read the guidelines and
eligibility criteria before applying.
Application forms, Guidelines and other
documents related to this grant fund are available to download
Please note that that the process for Stream 2 has two phases.
Anyone wishing to apply must fill in and submit the Expression of
Interest Form first.
Only if your proposal is selected, will you be invited to submit
a Full Bid Application Form.
We will also be running
some free information workshops about the
Social Enterprise Fund. These will be held at the following times
- Centenary House, Worthing - Tuesday 8 July 8 2014 from
2.30pm to 4.30pm
- County Hall, Chichester - Wednesday 9 July 2014 from
10.00am to midday
- County Hall North, Horsham – Friday 11 July 2014 from
10.00am to midday
If you would like to book a place on one of the workshops above
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your full name, a contact phone number and the location of the
workshop you’d like to attend. Please note that there are a limited
number of spaces and places will be allocated on a first come first
For details on the projects funded in previous years
please see the supporting documents below.
For queries on Social Enterprise or the Social Enterprise Fund
please email email@example.com.
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