West Sussex Social Enterprise Fund open for bids

West Sussex Social Enterprise Fund open for bids


The West Sussex Social Enterprise Fund is open for bids for this year.   Social Enterprises can bid for a share of £300,000 with ideas that benefit the county economy, community and environment.

These could include projects that meet health and wellbeing targets or help local communities take a more active role in running services.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday August 21st 2013 at 5.00pm with successful bids expected to be announced in October.  Bids for more than £25,000 may be successful but only in  exceptional circumstances.

To help applicants, West Sussex County Council, which also runs the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network (WSSEN), holds a free half-day information workshop at Worthing Leisure Centre on June 11th from 10.00am-12.30 pm.

Worthing-based Blueprint 22, a project for 16-25 year-olds, who developed ‘The Munch Box’ is an example of a successful applicant last year. The project was awarded £27,500 to develop the skills of 10 young people to design and produce healthier alternatives to ‘junk food’, and then promote and advocate the benefits of their products to other young people.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Michael Brown, said: “The Social Enterprise Fund is an important part of our strategy to improve the economy, community and environment of West Sussex.

“We want to see a variety of entries, and would encourage anyone interested to attend the workshops to find out more.”

To book a place at the workshop please email:social.enterprise@westsussex.gov.uk, indicating the date and venue as well as your contact details.

The Guidelines, Application Form and Financial Spreadsheet for the Social Enterprise Fund are available to download from the Social Enterprise in West Sussex page or the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network website.

A social enterprise describes a business model where profits are reinvested and fulfil social objectives, rather than to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Examples of social enterprises include some co-operatives, social firms, community interest companies, some companies limited by guarantee or shares, and community enterprises.


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