The Big Issue exists to offer homeless and vulnerably housed people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income.
Every year BIG gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment. This web page of The Big Lottery website shows the current funding programmes available.
The Ethical Enterprise and Employment (3xE) Network is a project run by Off The Streets & Into Work (www.osw.org.uk). 3xe brings together organisations using social enterprise and supported employment models, and organisations working with unemployed people who are homeless or at risk. It does this through its website and regional/national events. Join the 3xE Network to share ideas and expertise, and get help with practical activities and support: Membership of the 3xE Network is FREE.
This organisation promotes and develops the concept of social franchising on a European level and shares business ideas.
An free online mentoring facility which includes business start-up mentors amongst others.
The Percy Bilton Charity offers grants for furnishing, equipment and single capital donations in the field of the disabled, youth work and older people. Organisations assisting people with disabilities for example, may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Social workers may apply on behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing.
This is the body responsible for identifying and remedying skill shortages in a wide range of business sectors.
Activities include loan finance for social enterprises, aim to set up regional community loan funds.
The Social Investment Business is the largest social investor in the UK. It manages the Futurebuilders Fund, the Communitybuilders Fund, the Modernisation Fund and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund. It brings finance, knowledge and expertise to help third sector organisations thrive – improving infrastructure, increasing capacity, helping them bid for, and win, public service contracts.
Directory of societies categories according to interest.
The Third Sector National Learning Alliance (TSNLA) is the voice for all Third Sector learning and skills providers. It is made up of organisations from the Third Sector, speaking on behalf of the Third Sector and using its website to share information with the Third Sector. By working together, the third sector can use its many voices to achieve a vision of a better, fairer world.
This is a directory of all the Social Firms and emerging Social Firms known about in the UK from whom you can buy goods and services. Buy now!
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Its vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination. Its mission is to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health
The programme of 35 projects is led by Mind, and Rethink (Mental Health Media have now merged to become part of Mind). It is funded with £16m from the Big Lottery Fund and £4m from Comic Relief, and evaluated by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London.
The programme is backed by international evidence on what works, and has at its heart people with direct experience of mental health problems.
Train To Gain offers funding and support to employees seeking business training.
Ethical bank dedicated to the social economy.