Enterprise Development Programme
The EDP is led by a partnership of national infrastructure bodies seeking to support the development of enterprise models in charities and social enterprises working certain thematic sectors. It has been developed and is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. Social Investment Business provide a management role for the overall programme.
The EDP provides a broad range of support, helping organisations to establish new enterprise models, or grow existing ones. It offers a combination of cohort based peer learning opportunities, training, direct advice and support, as well as grants to research or test out new ideas, to launch new enterprises or grow existing ones.
Access has selected the Association of Mental Health Providers and Equally Ours to join the EDP partnership, expanding the programme to the mental health and equality sectors. These two sectors were chosen because of the potential for enterprise models to develop and the strength of their national infrastructure. In the pilot year the programme targeted organisations in the Homelessness and Youth sectors, and these sectors will continue to participate until 2021.
Our New EDM's Thoughts on the EDP...
Published: January 27, 2020
With ever-increasing cuts to public funding and growing competition for grant and philanthropic funds, many organisations are desperate to find ways to diversify their income. Understandably, the potential opportunities for diversification from enterprise or trading is often treated with caution or avoided. Building on from that, the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) has been designed to…Read more
How to Apply
Published: January 20, 2020
The application process will ensure organisations looking to join the enterprise movement have minimal restrictions and maximum support to organisations whatever stage in their enterprise journey they may be. For those looking to apply we will only be seeking details of enterprise ideas or motivations and context of how it will benefit your organisation and…Read more
Eligibility to Join the Programme
Published: January 13, 2020
The Association has been chosen to be the national partner for the mental health sector. We can help to explain the programme, support you with applications to join it, and will have a key role in helping successful applicants to progress their ideas and grow their enterprise activity. For any initial enquiries, organisations can contact…Read more
Enterprise Development Programme Expands to Include Mental Health Sector
Published: December 5, 2019
Following a successful pilot, the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) will reopen in the New Year, and will expand to be able to support charities and social enterprises operating in the mental health and equality sectors, in addition to those working in homelessness and youth. The EDP is led by a partnership of national infrastructure bodies…Read more
Launch of Enterprise Development Programme
Published: November 1, 2019
The Enterprise Development Programme is a five year programme, funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by a coalition of partners. The programme aims to provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them become more financially resilient by developing new enterprise models, or by growing existing…Read more