Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Government calls for social enterprise projects

Published 10th December 2015 at 9:09pm

Government has launched a call for proposals to support social enterprises in the Sheffield City Region. Organisations are being invited to submit proposals for a £1 million European funded investment which will strengthen the community and social enterprise sector. This investment will help to grow sustainable social businesses and help them to address inclusion challenges in the city region.

LEP Board Member and Chair of the Social Inclusion & Equalities Advisory Board, Deborah Egan OBE has welcomed this investment. She said:

“From managing community pubs and open spaces to delivering home based care for the elderly, social enterprises play an increasingly important role in the fabric of our society.

“Sheffield City Region fully supports Social Enterprises, who can be the most innovative and agile companies in our commercial landscape.”

Single organisations or partnerships will be funded to support:

  • Start-up social enterprises to provide the tools and infrastructure required to ensure the best chance of success
  • Existing social enterprises aiming for growth
  • Larger social enterprises with capacity to expand, and where job creation opportunities are likely to be greater
  • Charities establishing or extending trading arms
  • Public sector spin-out social businesses

A workshop for potential lead applicants and organisations wishing to be partners will be held on Thursday 7th January at from 9.30-12.30 at the Circle in Sheffield.

For full details and to register for the event, please contact: Eleanor Dearle at

Full details and application forms can be found at

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