The Big Potential offers specialist support and grants to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England in order that they may deliver greater social impact.
The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment or winning contracts.
The £20 million Big Potential offers the following application routes:
- Breakthrough – provides VCSE organisations with access to specialist one-to-one support from the Big Potential programme partners before making an application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential’s approved providers.
- Advanced – is for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and can describe a potential deal or interest from investors and need help to close that deal. The Advanced route is also available to organisations that need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.
There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time during the three years that the programme runs.