Under the European Union co-funded programme titled Strengthening CSO Participation in Social Enterprise Education and Development for Decent Work, Job Creation and SME Development (CSO-SEED), the Business and Investment Readiness (BiR) Grants aim to strengthen social enterprise services in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) by providing social enterprises and intermediaries with the support they need to enhance and scale the impact of their work.
Specifically, the Social Enterprise Intermediaries (SEIs) will build capacities of social enterprises, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a social mission or civil society organisations (CSOs) setting up or transitioning to social enterprises to make them viable, stable and sustainable.
Prior to providing business support to social enterprises, the SEIs themselves will be provided with social enterprise training/consulting package through volunteer consultants.
Volunteer consultants will be embedded based on their skillsets within Social Enterprise Intermediaries (SEIs are organisations that provide business support to Social Enterprises). SEIs each have a portfolio of social enterprises, which the volunteer consultants will work directly with to support their growth and development.
Under this grant, SEIs must have identified a reach of at least six social enterprises.