Aleron is delighted to have been appointed an approved provider for the new two-year Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change. The Impact Management Programme aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact, with an ultimate view to helping them access social investment and/or build their commissioned income.

The programme combines training, grant-funding, peer support, expert advice and an online platform.

There are two strands to the programme:

  1. Pathway – for organisations that are new to impact management
  2. Growth – for organisations with more developed impact practices, seeking investment/contracts

Aleron will work with ventures eligible for the Growth Strand. A £1.8m grant fund is available under this strand, with 50 grants expected to be awarded.

What is impact management?

Impact management refers to the capacity to quantify, measure, communicate and maximise their impact. It involves incorporating impact into your strategy and performance management approach, as well as using impact data to continuously learn and improve.

Is the Programme (Growth Strand) for me?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to all of the following questions, then you may be an eligible venture:

  • Are you a charity, social enterprise or community business established and working in England?
  • Are you actively seeking investment or contracts? Will you be able to demonstrate how impact management support will make a difference to your ability to secure these investments or contracts?
  • Are you committed to growing and scaling your impact?
  • Do you collect outcome data which indicates a positive impact and have a Theory of Change?
  • Do you have impact-focused leadership (at SMT and board level) and buy-in?

Eligible ventures must attend a free one-day training session before they can apply for a grant. The grant application requires organisations to work with an approved provider to develop a project plan that will improve their systems and processes.

How can I get involved?

If you are an eligible venture according to the criteria above…

  • Sign up for a compulsory Growth Strand training session here. As part of registering for the event, you will have to fill in some basic questions about your organisation.

Training sessions for the ‘Growth Strand’ will take place on the following dates:

  • London: 9th February 2017
  • Liverpool: 23rd February 2017
  • Birmingham: 1st March 2017
  • Bristol: 23rd March 2017

When are application due and grants awarded?

  • Pilot grant applications will be accepted between 30th January and 10th April 2017. Pilot grants will be awarded in May 2017.
  • A second grant window is planned for September 2017.

How can I keep up to date with the programme?

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