*COVID-19 Update for Grantees*

The Enterprise Development Programme partnership has been considering how best to continue the programme in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for charities and social enterprises, and we have therefore made some changes to our programme timelines. We continue to monitor the programme to ensure we are adapting our processes suitably for each of our sectors during this time. Please visit the individual sector pages for more information.  

Association of Mental Health Providers
Centre for Youth Impact
Equally Ours
Homeless Link

How To Apply

Applications will work slightly differently in the new version of the programme than they did in the pilot year. Previously organisations had to apply separately for a place on a training programme and/or for one of two different types of grant, feasibility or development.

Having taken on feedback we have adapted this year’s approach to ensure organisations looking to join the enterprise movement have minimal restrictions and maximum support to organisations whatever stage in their enterprise journey they may be. For those looking to apply we will only be seeking details of enterprise ideas or motivations and context of how it will benefit your organisation and beneficiaries/community. If accepted onto the programme they will have the opportunity to work with the programme partners to ascertain exactly what they need to progress their ideas and build the resilience of their organisation. Packages of support will be agreed for each organisation, and could involve any or all of the following:

• Joining a peer cohort to share enterprise journeys (NB this is likely to be a standard requirement of all participants)
• Grants to research or test out new ideas, to launch new enterprises or grow existing ones. Grants can be for varying amounts but will usually not be more than £30k, and are likely to be conditional on evidence of growing income streams, using methods such as MatchTrading TM
• Training and learning opportunities tailored to needs
• Direct advice and support

Applications will be made online via this site, once the application window opens for each sector. The applications will be processed by Social Investment Business, who have been selected as the Strategic Grant Partner for the next five years for Access – the Foundation for Social Investment.

Sector Application Windows


This application window is open to organisations working within the Homelessness sector. Please see eligibility criteria.

Monday 20th Jan Open for expressions of interest (EOI) + Applications
Thursday 20th Feb Closed for EOI
Thursday 12th March – Midday Closed for Applications


Please note this application window is only available to organisations that were involved with the EDP pilot programme.

Thursday 16th Jan Open for EOI + Applications
Thursday 13th Feb – Midday Closed for EOI + Applications

Mental Health

Below is the timeframe for the first round of applications for the Mental Health sector, where 10 ‘trailblazers’ will be selected. There will further application windows for Mental Health organisations, the next of which is likely to be in the summer of 2020. Please also refer to the eligibility criteria.

Tuesday 28th JanOpen for EOI + Applications
Tuesday 3rd MarchClosed for EOI
Tuesday 17th March – MiddayClosed for Applications


This application window is open to organisations working within the Equality sector who meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants are initially required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Once this has been approved by our team (three to five working days), you’ll be invited to complete and submit a full application.

Tuesday 18 February 2020Open for EOI + Applications
Thursday 9 April 2020 – MiddayLast Day for EOI
Thursday 30 April 2020 – MiddayLast Day for Applications

Application Guidance


More news will be coming on the dates for the Equality application window soon.

In the meantime, you can register your interest by sending an email to enterprisedevelopment@sibgroup.org.uk, stating which sector your organisation operates in, and we will contact you when the relevant application window opens.

First Stage Application Process

The first stage of the application is to submit an EOI (expression of interest). The relevant sector partner organisations will then review these for eligibility and those eligible organisation will be sent further details of the application process.                           

Existing Applicants Login

If you have already submitted and Expression of Interest, been notified that you are eligible for the programme and have already registered with the online application system, you can log in via the button below.

If you have not already submitted an expression of interest, please review the information about application windows for your sector and, if a window is open, please submit an EOI via the button above.