Funders encouraging capital grant recipients to use Social Enterprises and Social Firms
As you are aware many social enterprises and social firms receive funding from major grant sources such as Big Lottery, Climate Challenge Fund, Windfarm Funds etc. because we deliver social impacts that meet their outcomes. At the same time these funders are providing substantial funding for capital projects that enable a wide range of groups and organisations to buy products and services. It seems a no brainer to me that groups receiving capital funding are assisted or encouraged, where possible and without compromising quality and value, to use social enterprises to deliver these products and services.
Unfortunately many funding bodies feel that they are unable to make this common sense link for fear of procurement and competition rules.
If the social enterprise / firm sector is to grow to anywhere near its potential there must be a mechanism for assisting start up SE/SF’s to develop their capacity before they are being forced to compete in an open market place where their social aims can disadvantage them. Once genuine SE/SF capacity is achieved there will then be the opportunity to create a whole new market place where meaningfully social impacts can be put into BoQ’s and SE/SF’s can compete against each other to provide quality and value.