£1.8m for 40 charities and social enterprises to improve impact

Grants from the Impact Management Programme will support charities and social enterprises to embed impact management into their work and diversify their income.

Today, Thursday 5th April, the final grantees of the Impact Management Programme’s Impact for Growth strand, will be announced – taking grants made by the programme to £1.8m. 40 English charities and social enterprises will receive an average of £45k each. The programme aims to increase access to social investment (and contracts) through improving impact management practice.

Grantees were chosen by the Impact Management Programme (which is a partnership between NPC, Social Investment Business, Impetus-PEF, NCVO, SVUK, SEUK and Hactar – funded by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment and Power to Change) for their commitment to improving their impact management.

Every grantee had a clear plan for how they wanted to do this, for example prioritising the activities that make the biggest difference, improving their data collection and analysis processes, or leading a culture change within their organisation to get everyone behind the idea of learning from data.

Examples include;

  • Empire Fighting Chance, a Bristol Charity who will use their grant of £50,000 to take their proven work tackling issues faced by vulnerable young people in deprived communities to a wider audience.
  • Legacy Sport CIC, based in Yorkshire and the Humber who will use their £47,000 grant to develop and scale their ‘Bikeability’ service – a cycling training program which so far has given over 900 young people an opportunity to get fit and build road confidence.
  • London Irish Centre Charity, who have used their £49,000 grant and support from a consultant to rethink the way they understand social impact and develop their own bespoke theory of change.

As well as receiving funding, all grantees;

  • received training from Impetus-PEF;
  • work with an approved provider who supports them with their project;
  • have access to a peer learning network with regular webinars and events to share progress and troubleshoot challenges.

Sean Kennedy, Chief Executive, London Irish Centre Charity said;

“I think this programme has been transformational for LICC. This process has enabled us to become more effective and deliver greater impact to the wider Irish community.

Seb Elsworth, Access’s Chief Executive said;

“The programme provides a chance for charities and social enterprises to improve their impact management practice to be able to take on social investment or bid for a contract and therefore scale what they do. This is about more than counting outputs; rather it will help charities and social enterprises to better understand and manage their performance and resources to improve services for their users.”

Rob Abercrombie, NPC Director of Research and Consulting said;

“We are excited to see how these funded projects develop and what it tells us about the link between improved impact management, diversifying income and improved services for beneficiaries. Our grantees will be encouraged to share their experiences and we will publish our learning for the benefit of the whole sector too.”

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact rachel.tait@thinknpc.org, and for press enquiries please contact Tom Collinge on tom.collinge@thinknpc.org.