Co-operative Assistance Network Limited

Funding-assisted Programmes

CAN is an approved provider for the following funded programmes:

Big Potential

CAN is a members of South East Co-operative Support (SECS) and South West Co-operative Support (SWCS), both of which are registered as a providers with the Big Potential programme, enabling us and our partners to help social enterprises in England raise finance or become investment ready. "Investment ready" is a term used to describe organisations that want to grow and develop capacity to the extent that they will be successful in gaining external (repayable) investment.

Support takes the form of one-to-one contact, an investment readiness report, financing plan and help with applying for funds (from a provider of your choice) up to the point that the funds are received.

This free service is available to all eligible organisations, as determined by a diagnostic assessment. It is underwritten by the national Big Lottery £10million fund.

There is much more information here, including case studies and information on how to apply. If you have questions, please contact Chris Funnell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bright Ideas

CAN is a Co-operatives UK preferred support provider for the Bright Ideas Programme.

Co-operatives UK have partnered with Locality and the Plunkett Foundation to deliver the programme which is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

It provides community businesses based in England with business development support, grants of up to £20,000, and opportunities to visit other community businesses.

Communities CAN

This pilot scheme aims to provide capacity building support to small, often informal groups and organisations in 5 key areas in England: Barking and Dagenham, Blackpool, Peterborough, Sunderland and Torbay. If you are involved with a community activist movement or grassroots organisation in any of these areas and are struggling to access support and funding, please contact Chris Funnell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply directly.

Communities Economic Development (CED)

CAN is a technical support provider to this programme, which is helping 50 communities in England plan and develop their local economies. Selected communities are allocated an experienced adviser to act as the main point of contact and guide you throughout the process of developing a well-supported, dynamic and deliverable local economic plan. A grant of £5,000 will be available to support the further development of your plan as well as access to six days' specialist support.

If this may be of interest to you, please contact our National Regional Manager Austen Cordasco: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Hive

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A new business support programme for people wanting to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises. A mix of online resources, training and advice that can help you build a better co-operative business. This is a Co-operatives UK project funded by The Co-operarive Bank.

CAN is a Preferred Provider to this programme and is authorised to deliver ono-to-one and cluster support.  See here for more detail.

Reach Fund

This fund is for charities and social enterprises in England that require support to become investment ready. Grants of up to £15,000 are available until June 2018.

Applicants first have to complete a diagnostic assessment.

Grants must be used to implement an investment readiness plan. This may involve paying an external support provider such as CAN to deliver specific work, such as advice, training or feasibility assessment. Applicants have to specify support providers.

Once investment readiness is achieved the scheme then helps applicants apply for the required investment, which must be repayable.

Applications must go through their preferred investment provider (“Access Point”), such as Co-operative & Community Finance.

If this is of interest to you please contact Chris Funnell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Social Business Wales

We are very proud to have gained this appointment and to be part of this 3-year, £11m programme.

Social Business Wales is funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund. It provides FREE specialist business support to social business looking to grow. It is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre as part of the Business Wales service.

Social Business Wales brings in experts who can help in specific cases, matching clients' needs to the expertise and capacity of consultants, and that's where CAN comes in. We look forward to assisting the development of co-operatives and social businesses of all shapes and sizes in Wales.

See here for more information and to find out if you may be eligible to apply.

It is possible for an applicant to nominate an approved consultant such as CAN to deliver to them but that outcome is not guaranteed. If you would like to nominate CAN, firstly, thank you, and secondly, please contact us before you apply.

Contact Austen Cordasco, our National Marketing Team Leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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