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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

June 12th, 2023

News and information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities and events for each week. Be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


The Recovery Loan Fund assists organisations led by Black and Racially Minoritised teams in getting back on track post-pandemic, offering loans of between £50k and £1.5m, with up to 100% grant match funding on loans secured, and support through the application process and follow-on business support.

To be eligible to apply for the Recovery Loan Fund and receive additional support, the organisation must:

  • Be a charity or social enterprise

  • Have at least 51% of its Board and Senior Leadership Team from BAME communities

  • Have a turnover of above £200k

  • Be applying for a loan of between £50k and £1.5m

  • Have been operating for more than two years

  • Operate in England

The Recovery Loan Fund is open for applications until 11.59pm on Sunday, 31st of December 2023. Email for more information

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Applications are open for the UK Social Enterprise Awards  

Applications are now open for the UK Social Enterprise Awards – the biggest celebration of the leading lights in the social enterprise movement.  

As well as the award for overall Social Enterprise of the Year and the ‘One-to-Watch Award’ recognising a pioneering start-up business, there are categories for social enterprises leading the way in particular fields, from education and training to public services. The awards will also recognise social enterprises tackling the climate crisis as well as those working to promote equality, diversity, inclusion and justice. 

For the first time, there is a specific award recognising the 'Social Enterprise Innovation of the Year', shining a spotlight on the creativity in the sector. 

Applications close on Friday 30 June and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony taking place at the Roundhouse in London on 30 November.  

Click here to find out more and apply.  

Events and Opportunities

Do It Now Now

The Impact Report is here! The insights contained in this impact report are a reflection of Do it Now Now and how we are progressing towards our vision; to be the Black community's foremost champion, enabling the systemic development and co-production of equitable opportunities and outcomes for Black people. Read more here

Finding Your Joy event series

BAYO are hosting a series of events for young people. Come and celebrate Pride Month, at the BAYO Project's welcoming, fun, social evening! The first date is in Birmingham here

Are you committed to working with community and voluntary sector organisation? 
CVS Brent currently have a vacancy for a part-time Operations Manager, 21 hours per week. Find out more about the new opportunities. Contact Susan Cave or see the Application Pack. Click here

🌱 *City & Guilds Level One Accredited Horticulture course* 🌱
At Wolves Lane Centre, Wood Green  N22 5JD. A 10 Week introduction to food sowing & growing starting on 18th June 2023. Led by Sandra Salazar D'eca (Go Grow with Love) . "Growing in Love & Unity" . Limited spaces on a first come, first served basis. Subsidised places available please enquire via the link. *BOOK NOW*

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