Social Enterprise Growth Accelerator (SEGA)

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The Social Enterprise Growth Accelerator (SEGA) project is delivered in Sheffield. It is supported and part funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The purpose of this scheme will be to provide grant funding to help new entrepreneurs and social enterprises develop and grow their businesses, offer new products and services, and create new employment opportunities.

To be eligible for the grant you must first register with the programme via the SSEN site here. You will need to be a trading organisation, with a business bank account and either registered as a business, sole trader, partnership, charity or CIC. We will support organisations that have been trading for less than 3 years and micro businesses (less than 10 employees) of any age based in Sheffield. 

How much can I apply for and what can I spend the money on?

Projects can be costed between £1-2k and the grant you can apply for will be 50% of the total value of the project (up to £1,000 maximum, £500 minimum).

The grant can be for goods and/or equipment, marketing or website activity, training and qualifications or research and development.

Please see the Guidance notes for further details.

How do I apply?

Register on the SSEN site to ascertain eligibility and to speak to a SSEN business advisor.  You are then welcome to complete the application form below. Please include copies of quotes for any items of proposed expenditure. 

When can I apply?

Applications to this fund are now open.

We aim to let you know if you have been successful within 6-8 weeks of receiving your eligible application.

SEGA Guidelines

Please read before submitting your application.

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Meet Jess

Jess is responsible for leading the team that delivers effectively and efficiently the SYCF's Grants Programmes and identifying improved ways of working and streamlining. Jess will be the lead officer for managing SYCF's proactive volunteer recruitment for its panels, recruiting and increasing diversity, training and providing on-going support including an annual panel members event. Her working days are Tuesday to Friday.

Jess O'Neill

Grants and Partnerships Manager

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