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Big Issue Invest are looking for Inclusion Partners for a new Covid relief fund for social entrepreneurs

We are looking for individuals and organisations to partner with us to help us find and fund the most impactful social entrepreneurs in your field or area.

The new fund will provide grants and non-financial support to social enterprises and charities within England. It aims to support social enterprises that are diverse-led with key focuses on supporting enterprises to recover and rebuild and on ensuring equitable and inclusive delivery of support.

We are looking for 5 partners who are Black, Asian, Minority ethnic and/ or disabled and or LGBTQTIA+ to ensure our outreach is equitable, diverse and compliments our current staff diversity. We also welcome partners who reach communities who are using their lived experience of a social issue to lead change.

We want to connect with the enterprises you work with, especially those working with marginalised communities (ie Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, LGBTQTIA+, disabled) and those who have the best solutions to loneliness, community resilience and long term economic, social and cultural health. The new fund’s priority areas for communities are:

  • Managing poverty, debt management (e.g., tackling inequality, homelessness)
  • Enabling routes back to employment (e.g., skills and job training, access to vacancies, job creation)
  • Overcoming educational disadvantage (e.g., helping disadvantaged children and young people catch up)
  • Improving physical health (e.g. working with sufferers of long COVID, or existing health conditions worsened by COVID)
  • Improving mental health (e.g., young and older people, bereavement, domestic and child abuse, addiction

We are offering Inclusion Partners a fee of up to £2,000 for their time for signposting social entrepreneurs operating in London, North West, South East and East of England to the online portal.

We are inviting expressions of interest outlining:

  • Your role in building resilience in your geography, focusing on your track record of working with marginalised communities;
  • Your ideas for developing an inclusive pipeline for social enterprises and charities to access the funding and support;
  • Your approach to identifying the key needs of marginalised communities to restart and recover from the effects of the pandemic;
  • How you are representative of and embedded in one or more marginalised communities.
  • An outline of your timeline and budget for the fee.

You can download the full brief with additional details on timelines and our inclusion targets for the fund here.

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If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete a short Expression of Interest form accessible through this link by 12pm on the 20th October 2021.

In case you have any questions that you would like to discuss with us, please contact Stepan Zelinger at Stepan.Zelinger@bigissueinvest.com

Requirements

We would welcome expressions of interest from organisations or consortia, outlining their approach by 12pm on 20/10/21.

Expressions of interest will be assessed using the following criteria, using a scale of 1 (excellent level of evidence) to 5 (little or no evidence):

  1. Existing networks across multiple communities, and relationships with relevant social enterprises that would benefit from financial and non-financial support, in the context of the ongoing pandemic and broader financial turbulence
  2. Existing networks of social entrepreneurs and charities who represent the most marginalised communities in England, specifically in London, North West, South East and East of England
  3. Proven track record of developing and/or working with social organisations in line with our Inclusion Targets (see below)
  4. Demonstrable understanding of the economic landscape and impact of the pandemic on the most marginalised communities, specifically in London, North West, South East and East of England
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