The Social Enterprise Support Fund

Aims/priorities: The Social Enterprise Support Fund is aimed at social enterprises that can demonstrate it is working in at least one of the following areas.

1. Social enterprises supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 – specifically those which:

  • Connect with older people 
  • Connect with disabled people
  • Provide advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis
  • Provide support to those in medical care or end of life care

2. Social enterprise supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – specifically:

  • Provide essential items directly to families who are hit hardest
  • Support BAME and other communities who experience health inequalities
  • Support people who experience loneliness and social isolation
  • Support people who experience poor mental health
  • Support children and young people to achieve their potential

Who can apply? To be eligible for this funding, your social enterprise must meet the following criteria:

  • An incorporated social purpose organisation, with an asset lock
  • Incorporated at least a year ago (i.e. registered with Companies House, the FCA or the Charity Commission)
  • Annual income between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19
  • Was financially stable before COVID-19
  • Substantially reliant on trading income (e.g. sales and delivery of contracts) to deliver social impact 

Grant amount: Between £10,000 and £300,000

Application process: Applications can be made via the funders website.  Please be aware that the follwoing information will be required

  • Your most recent annual accounts
  • A cashflow statement – only required for applications over £50,000; otherwise, include if available

Please read the Aplication Guidance for more information


  • Round 1: Opens at 1pm on Monday 13 July, closes at 1pm on Monday 20 July 2020
  • Round 2: Opens at 1pm on Thursday 13 August, closes at 1pm on Thursday 20 August 2020 
  • Round 3: Opens at 1pm on Thursday 10 September, closes at 1pm on Thursday 17 September 2020

The Lottery are advising applicants to submit as soon as possible after the round opens. 

Website address: 

over £25,000
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19
Health and Wellbeing
Unpublish Date: 
Thursday, 10 September, 2020