Social Innovation Challenge 2024 – Key Information

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) is a grant-funding and support programme that seeks innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges of our times.  Social Innovation Challenge: breaking barriers to better health & wellbeing  Tickets, Wed, May 29, 2024 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

2024 Theme: breaking barriers to better health and wellbeing

This edition will look to support innovative social enterprise solutions that address the core inequalities related to health and wellbeing in Scotland. 

However, we are not looking for solutions that are simply delivering health or wellbeing services.  Instead, we want to see evidence that the projects can create tangible, long-term impact by addressing inequity within those core building blocks of health and wellbeing: housing, education, employment, income, social connections, access to green space, nutrition etc.

 

Applications must be able to evidence: 

·        A clear proposal for delivering a solution through a social enterprise 

·        Direct social benefit (to be delivered primarily within Scotland) 

·        An element of innovation 

·        Lived experience or community involvement in the development of the solution 

·        Potential for scale or replication 

·        Potential for income generation and (eventually) financial sustainability 

·        Environmental sustainability

The winner will receive a £50,000 grant and tailored support. The grant can be used to help with start-up fees, research and development, salaries and other essential costs, such as rent or buying critical equipment. The other finalists will also receive bespoke advice in the form of additional signposting or introductions to alternative sources of funding or support.

We accept applications from: 

·        Established social enterprises  

·        Unincorporated groups or community associations 

·        Individuals with an idea for a new project 

·        For more info, the full eligibility criteria is available on our website.

Key upcoming dates:

·        Tuesday 28 May: Expressions of Interest open. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest to be able to apply (more info on the process is available on the website).

o   Wednesday 29 May, 12-1.00pm: Launch webinar

·        Wednesday 7 August: Expressions of Interest close / Applications open  

·        Wednesday 4 September, 1.00pm: Deadline for applications 

Contact for more info: carmen@firstport.org.uk