Culture and Creative Social Enterprise Development Programme

What is the Cultural & Creative Social Enterprise Development Programme?

This grant programme has been initiated by the WMCA Cultural Leadership Board to test new approaches in developing Cultural & Creative Social Enterprises through a pilot programme of small-scale interventions. The programme is supported by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Black Country Consortium (LEP) and Arts Council England.

It is designed to provide a rapid pilot to address challenges raised by the Covid-19 epidemic, particularly for smaller, diverse-led organisations operating hyper-locally within their communities. It will provide an opportunity for selected Cultural & Creative Social Enterprises to focus on business development through a core grant and a tailored training & mentoring support offer. Participating organisations will also be resourced to support micro social enterprises in their area.

Key facts

• A business development grant programme for Cultural & Creative Social Enterprises
• Looking to award two £30,000 grants to eligible Cultural & Creative Social Enterprises to develop their own business models, as well as support five micro-social enterprises
• No match funding required
• Applicants must be based and deliver their activity within the Greater Birmingham & Solihull or Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, see guidance for a full list of eligible places
• Not aimed at supporting day-to-day activity, but instead has a focus on organisational development (e.g. training and mentoring) to help organisations to reach the next stage in their development. This can include activity that will help you to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on your organisation
• Some of the grant funding will also be allocated for successful applicants to support additional five micro social enterprises in their area
• Applications to be submitted between 5 February – 1 March 2021
• Eligible and strong applicants will be invited to an interview either 8 or 10 March 2021
• Activity to be delivered between 5 April – 30 November 2021 (9 months)


How to apply

First, please read through the guidance document below to check that you are eligible for the programme and to find out more about what it will involve.

You can then download and fill in the application form, as well as provide the other required documents. If you have any questions or want to discuss the grant programme or the application form in more detail, please contact Salla Virman (she, her) by emailing Please note that we can only provide information relating to the programme design and application guidance, we cannot read draft applications or help you to write your application. You can also contact Salla for any access needs you may have.

Please send your application and the attachments to Salla Virman (she, her) at by 23:59 on Monday 1 March 2021. Further detail on the next steps and the assessment of the applications is provided in the application guidance.

Thank you for your interest in the programme and good luck with your application.

Related documents

Applicant Guidance Document - Cultural and Creative Social Enterprise Programme

Application Form - Cultural and Creative Social Enterprise Programme