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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funding and Assistance

Social enterprises can access local and national grant funding and other assistance to help through the coronavirus outbreak. For details visit:


***Please note that some of the funding detailed on each of the above pages is available to social enterprises across the Heart of the South West area.***

Government Covid-19 guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations including funding and fundraising and the role of volunteers

You can also find guidance and financial support offered by the government to charities

If you are unsure what type of support you are eligible for, you can find out using the Government business support checker tool. For more specific or technical questions on the available support, you can call the business support helpline on 0300 456 3565, or access online chat at Both are open from 9am to 6pm Monday-Friday.

Social Enterprise UK have a Coronavirus Support and Resource page

Cosmic UK have launched a free emergency helpline and Remote Working Advice Line Toolkit for businesses and social enterprises affected by Coronavirus.

If you are looking for fully funded business support, please visit our Training and Events page.

For information about Government Covid-19 Business Support and other local support for businesses please visit the Heart of the South West Growth Hub Covid19 Support for Business page.

Enhance Social Enterprise Network

For opportunities to network and promote your social enterprise, consider joining your local Enhance Social Enterprise Network. Joining the Network means that you can capitalise on the increasing public and political interest in an alternative way of doing business whilst supporting local community development.

By joining one network you have access to information about activities across the whole LEP area, which can include:

  • Marketing and promotion of your business through inclusion in an online database and map
  • Inspiring local networking and connecting events, including visits and talks
  • Signposting, advice and support
  • Access to special discounts on goods and services
  • Heightened social media campaigns around key calendar dates
  • An awards celebration showcasing the best of local social enterprise
  • A collective voice to promote the benefits of social enterprises and their ethical difference


In light of Covid-19: Enhance Social Enterprise Network for Somerset are running webinars to support social enterprises, so far this has included financial management and understanding government support and e-commerce and the use of digital tools. We are exploring setting up virtual network events for small groups of enterprises that may either benefit from each other or have a shared collective issues during this time. For information on grants and other support available to social enterprises please join the network to receive our regular newsletter.

The Network partnership is led by Devon Communities Together, and is made up Essence, Devon Communities Together, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, Smart Communities Ltd (part of the Community Council for Somerset) and Local Spark: Torbay Community Development Trust. For more information and to become a member of your local Network, visit their website:


Enhance Social Enterprise and European Regional Development Fund logo combined


The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving up to £1,053,610 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit