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The Coalfields Associate Fund

Community Enterprise Wales, in partnership with the Scarman Trust and Coalfields Regeneration Trust, piloted the ‘Coalfields Social Enterprise Development Scheme’ that successfully delivered £1.4m funding and development support to social enterprises throughout Coalfields/Objective One areas in Wales between May 05 and March 07.

To build on the success of this pilot and in recognition of a continued need for business development, further funding is now available from Community Enterprise Wales.

The Coalfields Associate fund will provide specialist associate business development support to emerging and existing social enterprises in the former coalfields areas of Wales.  Grants will average £1,000 to £5,000 although in some circumstances support may be available up to £10,000. The Associate appointed will be from our ‘approved pool’ with the requisite skills for the job.

Applications are considered once a month by an advisory grants panel and successful applicants are advised shortly after the panel meeting.

The overall aim of the fund is to promote the development of new social enterprises in the designated areas and encourage and support the growth of existing social enterprises; thus directly contributing to the social and economic regeneration of former coalfield communities.

Associates are likely to provide specialist support in the following areas:

  • Assistance in business planning and developing action plans
  • Feasibility studies
  • Impact studies
  • Assistance in marketing plans
  • Finance and HR systems
  • Technical advice – legal, architects
  • Operational reviews and health checks
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

We also expect the Associate to assist the Applicant in developing many of the skills that they bring to the work so that the Applicant is better placed to meet needs for similar help from its own resources in the future.

If you would like further information on this grant or an application pack please contact our Associate Support Co-ordinator.

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