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 have funded Community Catalysts to extend Enterprising Communities into a second phase which has a focus on community enterprise that tackles loneliness, social isolation and increases community well-being.

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

Herefordshire Council part-funded the project and we have been working 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.