supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Social Entrepreneurs Fund – Build It
First Port's Build It programme is for social entrepreneurs who have tried and tested a social enterprise idea and want to turn it into their full-time job. Build It funding is awarded four times per year and you can apply for up to £20,000 to fund a single salary.
First Port will consider funding up to a further £5,000 for additional essential costs, such as hiring other staff. However, the maximum amount is granted in rare instances when applicants can present a particularly strong case.
Who can apply?
You can apply if your social enterprise idea is already off the ground and has been trading for two years or less. Typically, successful Build It applicants have been up and running for around one year and can demonstrate a strong track record of both income generation and measurable social impact.
You must also meet the programme's eligibility criteria - more details can be found here.
Click here for more information on how to apply for this programme - including guidance notes to help you to complete the application.
The next Build It deadline will be 12 noon on 15 July 2021. This will be followed by a compulsory panel pitch on the 01 and 02 September 2021