The Access Impact Management Programme have now announced their first 11 grant winners for the Impact for Growth strand, awarding £500,000 in grant funding to organisations in England providing a range of services. These grants will support charities and social enterprises that are seeking to raise investments or contracts to improve their ability to quantify, report on, increase and ‘get paid for’ their impact.

Eastside Primetimers is an approved Impact Management Provider on the programme and we are pleased to have supported two of the new grantees, Chiltern Rangers CIC and Mencap Liverpool.

77 organisations who attended the pre-application impact management training were eligible to apply for a grant at this pilot stage and 30 submitted applications. This was shortlisted to 20 by Access Impact’s grant administration partner Social Investment Business and then the final decisions were made by the Investment & Commissioning Panel.

We are excited to be helping Chiltern Rangers to better measure and manage their social impact as part of the programme.  A Community Interest Company, Chiltern Rangers specialise in engaging local people young and old in conservation volunteering, with benefits for the environment, the people taking part and the wider community. Eastside Primetimers consultants will be working with them to strengthen how they capture and use data on the difference they make, whether that’s for children taking part in Forest Ranger Schools, occasional and regular conservation volunteers, marketing and social media volunteers, or the wider community who enjoy the enhanced green spaces. With our partner Economic Change, we will also be introducing ways of capturing data quickly and efficiently while out and about, linking this with Chiltern Rangers’ current IT.

Mencap Liverpool is an independent learning disability charity operating in Liverpool, affiliated with the national Mencap charity but separately funded and locally governed. Their mission is to ensure that people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included in all elements of life. Eastside Primetimers consultants have already been working with them under the Local Sustainability Fund on utilising their impact reporting system. The additional funding from Access Impact will enhance these efforts, helping them to focus on their target population and to systematically analyse the data they are collecting and learn from this analysis.

This pilot grant round will be followed by approximately 30 more grants to be distributed from January 2018. To apply, eligible charities and social enterprises must first attend a free one day impact management training session. These sessions will be held between September and November 2017 – full details will be available here soon.

As an Impact Management Provider, the role Eastside Primetimers has played builds on our track record of delivering some 40 impact projects in the past year, including as part of the Big Potential programme and with clients ranging from specialist local charities and foundations to regional or national charities. We now support social ventures seeking funding from the Impact Management Programme to improve their impact management systems and processes. Finding the right technology solution can often be an important part of effective impact management, and it was with this in mind that we have partnered with Economic Change CIC, specialists in using Salesforce for impact measurement and management. We know that some ventures already use systems such as Salesforce as part of their customer relationship management, but without optimising its capabilities for impact management purposes, and by partnering we have offered a joint impact and system proposition.

If you are interested in applying for the next stage of grants, contact us at dawn@ep-uk.org or on 020 7250 8334 and we can arrange a further call with one of our impact consultants, Rosie Chadwick or Graham Shaw.

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