Funding Opportunities

Teme Valley Youth Project

The aim of the fund is to advance the education of young people aged 11-25 who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress (and who reside in the identified parishes of South Shropshire and North Herefordshire), through their activities so to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society. To offer educational, leisure, accommodation, economic and training opportunities for education, support and / or experience of the beneficiaries. To deliver a youth and wider community programme for the support of  these aims.

Parishes in South Shropshire – Hopton Castle, Clungunford, South Craven Arms, Onibury, Bromfield and Bucknell.

Grants awarded are usually about £5000 in value.

Contact Herefordshire Community Foundation for further information.

T: 01432 272550  I  M: 07850 979026


Homeless Link Social Investment Fund

Launched in May 2017, the Homeless Link Social Investment Fund has, over three years, £4.5m to invest in charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness across England.

Their aim is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. They are looking to support organisations to:

  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
  • develop new models for income generation and funding
  • improve their long-term sustainability

To find out more arrange to have a chat with the Investment Manager, Jaishree Mistry: 07505 506378.

The Homeless Link Social Investment Fund is provided through the Growth Fund, which is managed by Access-the Foundation for Social Investment with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

Launched in September 2018, The Enterprise Development Programme is a five-year £40m programme funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by a coalition of partners.

Homeless Link will be working to deliver the Enterprise Development Programme with the homelessness sector. Their idea is to work to inspire organisations in the homelessness sector to become more financially resilient and support those who want to transition into new enterprise models with grant funding and through a training programme.

Homeless Link’s Enterprise Development Manager, Sophie Price, is available to support and mentor organisations in developing enterprise ideas in the early stages and can also advise about opportunities for growth for existing enterprises. Homeless Link’s social investment team will also research successful business models and offer guidance on replicating them.

Grant & Learning Programme

Grant Programme – two different types of grants will be available:

  • Feasibility Grants of between £5,000 to £10,000 to enable organisations to develop an enterprise idea from a very early stage
  • Development Grants of up to £50,000 for enterprise propositions which require further development or scaling and where there eventually may be potential requirement for investment.

Find out more about the Enterprise Grants.

Learning Programme – an Enterprise Learning programme which will be delivered by the Social of Social Entrepreneurs. This involves:

  • a Leadership Programme: 8+ days of learning for CEOs and directors
  • Peer Learning and expert support
  • to match trading grant of up to £10,000

The learning programme is fully funded by Access (including expenses). Find out more about the learning programme.

For any questions about applying, or to book a phone call or visit please contact Sophie Price. 

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