Access Impact Management Programme

Eastside Primetimers is an approved Impact Management Provider for the Access Impact Management Programme, the Growth strand of which is just getting underway.

This role builds on our track record of delivering some 40 impact projects in 2016-2017, including as part of the Big Potential programme, with clients ranging from specialist local charities and foundations to regional and national charities. It means that we are now available to support social ventures seeking funding from the Impact Management Programme Growth strand to improve their impact management systems and processes.

Finding the right technology solution can often be an important part of effective impact management. With this in mind, Eastside Primetimers has 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. By partnering, we can offer a joint impact and system proposition.

Pilot phase (now closed)

In June 2017, Access Impact announced their first 11 grant winners for the pilot 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.

As a provider on the programme, we at Eastside Primetimers were pleased to have supported two of the new grantees, Chiltern Rangers CIC and Mencap Liverpool.

Chiltern Rangers, a Community Interest Company, 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.

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.

Full grant application window

Approximately 30 more grants are to be distributed from January 2018. To apply, eligible charities and social enterprises must first have attended one of the free one day impact management training session held between September and November 2017.

The grant window stays open until midday 29 January 2018, with cut off dates for the Investment & Commissioning Panel meetings. If you have attended one of the training sessions you can download the application form and guidance here – the panel have also published guidance on what they are looking for in the grant applications.

In December 2017 Access announced that Relate is among the latest batch of successful grantees, supported by Eastside Primetimers. The funding will support them to take their impact management processes, systems and culture to the next level. This should help them understand and increase their impact and better meet the needs of investors or commissioners.

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.