Announcing our first Impact for Growth grantees

We are pleased to announce today the eleven organisations, based across England and delivering a number of different services, that will receive almost £500,000 in grant funding through our Impact for Growth strand. This supports charities and social enterprises that are seeking to raise investments or contracts to improve their ability to quantify, report on, increase and ‘get paid for’ their impact.

Our first grantees and the providers they are working with (in parentheses) are:

  • Action West London (Aleron)

  • Chiltern Rangers CIC (Eastside Primetimers)

  • Dementia Care (ATQ Consultants)

  • Empire Fighting Chance (Good Economy Partnership)

  • Legacy School Sport CIC (Pulse Regeneration)

  • London Irish Centre (Aleron)

  • Mencap Liverpool (Eastside Primetimers)

  • Murray Hall Community Trust (Cogent Ventures)

  • Noise Solution Ltd (Measuring + Managing the Good: Volunteering Matters, Coalition for Efficiency and DataKind UK)

  • Speakers Trust Ltd (CAN Invest)

  • YMCA North Tyneside + YMCA Humber (Helmepark)

77 organisations who attended the pre-application impact management training were eligible to apply for a grant at this pilot stage and 30 submitted applications. This was shortlisted to 20 by our grant administration partner Social Investment Business and then the final decisions were made by our Investment & Commissioning Panel, chaired by Rob Abercrombie.

Rob Abercrombie, Director of Research & Consulting at NPC said:

‘We were impressed with the range of applications we received and appreciate the engagement we have had from both the social organisations and the support providers they are working with. It was clear from the applications that charities and social enterprises are operating in a tough environment, so it is more important than ever to support organisations to achieve a positive impact and access the funding they need to do this effectively. We are excited to see how these funded projects develop and what it tells us about the link between improved impact management and securing an investment or contract. Our grantees will be encouraged to share their experiences and we will publish our learning for the benefit of the whole sector too.’

Dean Titterton, Chief Executive Officer of YMCA North Tyneside said:

‘We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as part of the first cohort of organisations to benefit from the Impact for Growth funding. We have always believed willing and dedicated organisations can deliver big impact in disadvantaged communities. In this current economic climate, access to this support and funding has never been so crucial. This opportunity is proof that passion and determination, matched with the right blend of financial support, can make a significant difference. We look forward to working on our project which will help us understand better our reach and the difference we make and will support the development of a sustainable enterprise.’ 

This pilot grant round will be followed by approximately 30 more grants to be distributed from January 2018. To apply, eligible charities and social enterprises must first attend a free one day impact management training session. These session will be held September to November 2017 and full details will be available here soon. We are also currently recruiting further providers to be involved and the deadline for provider applications is midday 30 June 2017.