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The Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme - open for entries

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ideaIf you’re in the process of setting up or developing a social enterprise, then this bit of news could be right up your street.

Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and the School for Social Entrepreneurs have just launched their call for applicants for their Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

Now in its fourth year, the programme aims to support anyone who has an idea which is tackling a social issue or which has the potential to improve a local community. And fear not, if you’re already working on a project which is doing just that, as the Programme has a strand dedicated to existing organisations too.

The programme has two core areas of focus - the Start Up and the Scale Up.

As you’d probably expect, the Start Up is aimed at those people who are at the earliest stages of exploring or developing an idea whilst the Scale Up is geared at projects which are already developed and are at least a year old. The purpose for these projects is to help them grow further and increase the social impact that they have.

Participants in the Start Up programme will receive a fully funded place on a 14 day course where they’ll cover all aspects of starting and leading a social enterprise, a grant of £4k and business mentoring support from either Lloyds or Bank of Scotland.

The Start Up programme will be delivered in 12 cities across the UK, so there should hopefully be a location near you if you’re interested in applying.

The Scale Up participants will receive a funded place on a 14 day course which has a focus on growing, developing and sustaining a social enterprise, a grant of £15k and mentoring support from Lloyds.

Although applications are welcome from across the UK, delivery of the Scale Up programme is in 2 locations, London and Liverpool.

As before, there will be a whole host of Taster Sessions taking place across the country to give those interested in applying a little further insight into what it’s all about - full details of dates and venues can be found here.

The cutoff date for applications for both programmes is 3pm on 2nd April so if you’re thinking of applying, you’d best get on it!

Good luck to any of you social entrepreneurs who do - it’s a great programme and would hopefully really benefit you and your social impact ideas…

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Published on: 11th February 2015

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