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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

August 7th, 2023

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An Update from EDP

To date, the Ubele Initiative Enterprise Development Programme has:

  • Provided grant and enterprise support to 49 Black and Minoritised (B&MCEDP) Social Enterprises and Trading Charities. 

  • 12 B&MC Social Enterprises and Trading Charities have now completed the programme and are now EDP Alumni

  • 14 B&MC Social Enterprises and Trading Charities are halfway through the programme complete the programme in December 2023

  • 23 B&MC Social Enterprises and Trading Charities began the programme earlier this year and are set to complete the programme in March 2024

  • Recruited over 15 Black and Minoritsed Business Advisors, Consultants and specialists to guide and support the B&MC Social Enterprises and Trading Charities with their enterprise development and sustainability

The Black and Minoritised Communities Enterprise Development Programme (B&MCEDP) kicked off in Nov 2021 with the first 12 B&MCEDP Social Enterprises and Trading Charities spread across the UK, including London, Plymouth, Leicester and Manchester receiving up £30k in grant funding and 12 months of enterprise support to develop an enterprising idea. 

The programme aims to support B&MCEDP Social Enterprises and Charities to increase revenue streams and potentially develop a product or service that can support their organisation's sustainability without the need for grant dependency.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will highlight some of the programme's great successes, so watch this space!

Events and Opportunities

A social microclimate for your learning and development

Our friends at Huddlecraft are offering a smorgasbord of 'Huddles': small peer groups who come together around a theme that sets them alight, to learn, create or take action. Together they unlock potential they couldn't unlock alone. Huddles start in September and cover themes including: reimagining hope, facing your fears, creative practice, anti-racism for white men and many more! Each Huddle is a one-off. Check it out! Link to find out more about the Huddles on offer:

Co-op Community Dividend Fund Re-Opens to Applications (Central England)

The Central England Co-operative has re-opened its Community Dividend Fund to support good causes, groups and charities in central England. More here

Groups can apply for grants of between £100 and £3,000.  The grants are available to members of Central England Co-operative for projects that aim to develop and improve communities by supporting access to food; health and wellbeing; inclusion of vulnerable, excluded, or hard to reach groups; and the environment.

Grants are available to full members of Central England Co-op in the following areas:  West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The next deadline for applications is the 29th September 2023.

Community Fund - Cost of Living Fund

This funding is for organisations that support people and communities under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living. Their main priority is to fund organisations supporting low-income households and individuals. Funding between £10,000 and £75,000 is available. Deadline is on Monday 16 October. Details here

How can you maximise the opportunities available from social enterprise models and solutions?
Social Enterprise UK’s (SEUK) ‘Transitions’ report reveals that as many as a fifth of SMEs in the UK aspire to make a positive social impact – but are not currently operating formally as social enterprises. This means more than a million organisations have the scope to transition to social enterprise status, and contribute more to the economy and society in doing so.

As a result of its findings, SEUK is encouraging businesses in the UK to consider their status and learn more about how they could benefit from transitioning to a new model. Read more here

📢 Charities and Social Enterprises: How can we help? 

As part of our Recovery Loan Fund campaign, we’re running a series of webinars and workshop events over the next few months for small business owners interested in exploring ways to scale up and create financial sustainability. Look out for details on Ubele social media and website for more details. If you'd like more details about the Recovery Loan Fund, contact Josh:


The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training, and development opportunities for charities that are making significant contributions to improving people's health and wellbeing. Grants ranging from £4,000 to £50,000. For stage 1 applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 1 September 2023. More here

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