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Ambitions for Recovery Programme

Applications for the Ambitions for Recovery Programme are now closed – this page is for information only. 

Existing SIS customers interested in the programme should speak to their Investment Manager (IM) before completing an EOI. If you need help to contact your IM please call 0131 558 7706.

For some social enterprises, a pandemic recovery phase presents a real opportunity to grow activity and impact,  and make a meaningful contribution to the economic and social renewal of Scotland.

Many social enterprises are in a place where they can take advantage of the renewed and enthusiastic interest in social enterprise. We have seen growing interest in shopping local for food; a keenness for buying social rather than from the mass market; and new enthusiasm from public bodies in procuring goods and services from social enterprises. Above all, we have seen many social enterprises responding as only they know best to the needs of their local community.

The SIS ‘Ambitions for Recovery’ programme has been developed with these social enterprises in mind. Developed in response to social enterprise feedback and in partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery and corporate sponsors Baillie Gifford, the programme combines a number of elements to support a cohort of up to 20 organisations renew and recover:

  • Peer support and regular catch-ups with other enterprises in the cohort,
  • Access to business grants for specialist support,
  • Resilience support for social leaders,
  • Expert masterclasses,
  • Access to expert mentoring from Baillie Gifford staff,
  • Tailored investment packages- perhaps including 0% interest loans- to invest in recovery.

Find the Fund Guidance Document here.

Applications are now closed.


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