The Ubele Initiative is the national partner for this sector. They can help to explain the programme, support you with applications to join it, and will have a key role in helping successful applicants to progress their ideas and grow their enterprise activity.

The key contacts at the Ubele Initiative are:

Yvonne Witter
Steve Conway  

Please contact them with any questions on the sector application process.

Application Windows

Application Windows

Tuesday 8 June 2021 Stage 1 Applications Open
Tuesday 6 July 2021 – MiddayStage 1 Applications Close
Tuesday 27 July 2021 – MiddayStage 2 Applications Close

Eligibility Criteria for Black and Minoritised Communities sector applicants

  • Legally constituted charity, voluntary sector organisation, or social enterprise
  • All organisations applying to the progamme must also be able to demonstrate that they are an eligible charity or social enterprise.  This means that organisations need to:
  • Have a clear social mission
  • Distribute less than 50% of post-tax profits and reinvest at least 51% of surpluses into pursuing their social mission, and
  • Have a constitutional or contractual lock on their social mission, dividend and surplus distribution policy (also known as an Asset Lock)


  1. You are a registered Black and Minoritised community led,[1]charity, CIC, or a company limited by guarantee who invests any surplus for social purpose to support work with Black and minoritised communities
  • Has been operating as a registered company / charity for at least 2 years
  • Can evidence current trading activities, which require support / development, or
  • Commitment from senior management and the Board to pilot / test a coherent trading idea
  • You can demonstrate evidence of trading or are actively looking to diversify and grow income through trading.
  • You have the staff capacity and support of the board of trustees to engage fully with the programme.
  • You can commit to playing an active part in contributing to the shared learning within the enterprise movement network.
  • Your beneficiaries are from one of the following regions: Humber and Yorkshire, London, the Midlands, the North West or South West of England.

[1] A minimum of 70% of the board of trustees and at least 51% of senior staff are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.