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Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme returns for a fifth year

Applications are open for the fifth year of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme - an initiative delivered in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Big Lottery Fund

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme is a pioneering initiative delivered through our partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Big Lottery Fund has a proven track record of supporting bright ideas that make a difference. 

The programme will distribute £12m and support over 1,300 social entrepreneurs over 5 years, benefitting 800,000 people in local communities and creating 4,000 jobs. 

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington (who are running the programme in Plymouth and Bristol) are now recruiting for 2016. All successful applicants will be given a FREE place on an inspirational 12 month (14 day) start-up course, be matched with a business mentor and receive a £4,000 grant. The course is packed full of inspirational and practical sessions that lift the lid on the key challenges that you will face starting and leading a social enterprise or community project.

The programme is ideal for individuals with either an idea for or an early stage organisation that has a focus on tackling a social issue or improving a community. You do not need to have any business experience or qualifications to apply. But you need to have thought about how your organisation can be sustainable in the long term and be willing to commit the time to make it happen. 

Due to funding from the Big Lottery Fund England applicants are required to be based in the UK and your idea should be aiming to create impact in the UK. 

Free taster events

Taster events are being held for those who would like to come and find out about the School for social Entrepreneurs and the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and ask any questions you may have. 
The event dates are as follows: 

For more information about the programme, please visit:

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