£140k funding boost for Scotland’s social enterprises

Cash boost from Scottish Government to be delivered directly to communities 

The Scottish Government has given its backing to Scotland’s social entrepreneurs by providing an extra £140,000 to the Social Entrepreneurs Fund managed by Firstport.
Announced as part of the recently published 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy, the boost is designed to encourage more people to start businesses which benefit their communities.
Since 2009, the Social Entrepreneurs Fund, which distributes start-up grants to those who want to tackle some of Scotland’s most pressing issues through business ventures, has helped more than 800 people get their ideas off the ground and distributed around £4.5 million.
According to Firstport, this additional funding will help around 20 more budding entrepreneurs to get started.
Previous beneficiaries include the following, who have received funding to get their projects under way in Edinburgh:
  • Rogan Grant, Positive Inspiration CIC – providing complementary and alternative treatment to people who have an acquired brain injury with the help of £4,800 funding
  • Lorna Carr, The Play Space – an enterprise looking to widen access to sensory play activities for babies and toddlers with the help of £4,000 funding
  • Elizabeth McGowan, a craft retailer and employability social enterprise based in Linlithgow – the retail operation will offer young female ex-offenders placements to develop soft and hard skills with the help of £3,600 funding.
Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish  Government understands and supports the vital role that social enterprises play in building a strong and fair Scotland.
“People starting social enterprises in Scotland are creating opportunities for themselves, those around them and some of the most marginalised groups in society, many of them often overlooked by traditional businesses. It is always great to see that the money we award has a real ripple effect across local communities.”
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