WMCA launches new creative & cultural social enterprise support pilot

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.

Key facts

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.

Read full information and applications details on the WMCA website

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