The West Midlands Combined Authority has just launched a pilot project to test new approaches to developing cultural & creative social enterprises. The programme is supported by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Black Country Consortium (LEP) and Arts Council England.
WMCA says the project is designed to provide a rapid pilot to address challenges raised by the Covid-19 epidemic, particularly for smaller, diverse-led organisations operating hyper-locally within their communities. It will provide an opportunity for selected cultural & creative social enterprises to focus on business development through a core grant and a tailored training & mentoring support offer. Participating organisations will also be resourced to support micro social enterprises in their area.
WMCA is looking to award two £30,000 grants to eligible cultural & creative social enterprises to enable them to develop their own business models and in turn support five micro-social enterprises with advice, business support and a small grant.
No match funding required.
Applications for the two host organisation roles are now open and close on 1st March 2021.