Welcome to the first edition of the new Community Enterprise e-magazine. At a time of change and challenge, sharing inspiring stories, highlighting what support is out there and shining a light on some of the people working behind the scenes, seems even more important than ever to our friends, clients and beneficiaries.
Community Enterprise, CEO
Finding the right support, right now
The SE Eco-system Map, Third Sector Resilience Fund & Just Enterprise
The interactive Social Enterprise eco-system map is going digital. The design of the new online map has been driven by the sector and will be available soon. One of the big advantages of moving beyond a static map is that it can respond to change quickly – and we are certainly needing that kind of response right now.
The Third Sector Resilience Fund is still live and exists fundamentally to ensure that we have a robust third sector when the pandemic is over. This funding is for those organisations who “find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic”. The two main reasons for rejection have been not maximising the opportunities of furlough, and requesting funds for direct service delivery.
The enhanced and re-scoped Just Enterprise programme now includes a crisis element. Getting business support here, will help plan intelligently, part of which could be the support to submit a strong and relevant bid to the TSRF.
CASES & PLACES
Covid-19 Crisis Support
Helping a medium sized social enterprise apply for crisis support to plan for a sustainable future. See here
An interview with Josiah Lockhart – CEO, Firstport Group
Question 2: What trends do you see over the horizon that will impact on the sector?
Answer: If you had asked me this question 6 weeks ago, I might have had a detailed answer, but the horizon is very hard to see over right now. The best way for me to break down a couple of differing approaches organisations are taking to the current situation and try to unpack what each might mean for a social and/or community enterprises when we begin to emerge into a post lockdown world…
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