Flintshire Social Enterprise Fund Launch
Flintshire County Council has launched a new fund aimed at supporting local
social enterprise initiatives.
The Flintshire Social Enterprise Fund is a programme specifically to support
the launch of or to develop, an existing social enterprise in the county.
One-off grants of up to £5,000 are available and to be considered for the
funding, a social enterprise has to meet the following criteria:
It has to be based and operating within Flintshire.
It must have a viable business plan
It must be Independent of statutory agencies
It must be self-governing
The organisation must be non-profit distributing
It must operate without any restriction on membership, must be open to the
The organisation should reinvest the majority of their surplus for their social
It must demonstrate the ability to become self-sustaining.
Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than
£50,000; applicants with an annual income above this may apply but will only be
considered if they can provide clear evidence that the project cannot be
undertaken by another non-profit making organisation or social enterprise. The
grant can be used to support activities or services that have added social
value and benefit local people.
Applications will be considered regularly throughout the year and the Council
will inform organisations within four weeks of the deadline whether their
application has been successful.
Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of Flintshire Council said:
“The Council is committed to developing social enterprises in order to improve
the business base, to develop local skills and opportunities and to improve
services for local people. This fund was launched at our recent Social
Enterprise Conference at Coleg Cambria and we aim to provide grants to help
local people with their initiatives and encourage as many people as possible to
For more information contact Flintshire County Council on 01352 702128 or
Photo caption: Neil Ayling Director of Community Services at Flintshire County
Council, Leader of the Council Councillor Aaron Shotton, Arwel Staples Head of
Procurement for Flintshire County Council and Denbighshire County Council and
Keith Simmonds from Social Firms Wales.