Access, the Foundation for Social Investment, has expanded its enterprise development programme works to support enterprise models in charities and social enterprises.

The programme will now work with mental health and equality organisations, in addition to those in the youth and homelessness sectors involved in a pilot programme last year.

£2m will be available to each sector, meaning a total of £6m of additional funding is now available.

The type of support available for applicants will be tailored to each charity or social enterprise’s situation, and could include peer-learning opportunities, training, direct advice and support, as well as grant funding.

Neil Berry, director of programmes at Access, said: “We have learned a lot from the pilot year of EDP. The sector-based approach works in making enterprise-based solutions more relevant to more organisations that haven’t been able to consider it before.

“We have also learned that organisations benefit most when their support packages are based on their specific needs. Going forwards, the EDP will be able to better tailor support for each organisation on the programme.”


For further information, visit the Access website.