Building the business case for investment in support for community enterprise.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. It aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. They funded Community Catalysts to extend Enterprising Communities into a second phase which focussed on community enterprises that tackled loneliness, social isolation and increased community well-being.

Phase 2 enabled us to work with the University of Birmingham to evaluate the impact of the project and Community Catalysts’ approach. The results of this evaluation informed the case for investment in support of enterprising local people.

Herefordshire Council part-funded the project and we worked in partnership with them alongside an inspiring range of community enterprises to help them get off the ground and grow, from dance groups, to meals on wheels services, to friendship agencies and more.