“A new programme from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to help unlock government contracts for England’s charities and social enterprises.“
Alex Leach, Acting Director of Innovation & Growth

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is pleased to announce the launch of the VCSE Contract Readiness Programme, a £900,000 package of support designed to enable the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in England better compete for government contracts.

The programme primarily provides fully funded and tailored training to charities and social enterprises interested in bidding for public contracts — ranging from introductory webinars to in-depth short and long courses. To complement this approach, the programme also offers public sector commissioners ways to increase their awareness and understanding of the VCSE sector ultimately to enable effective partnerships.

The programme is delivered by School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in consortium with Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and Voice4Change England (V4CE). It will run until the end of the financial year 2024 – 2025.

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