Groundwork has joined the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) as an Environmental Partner to support charities and social enterprises operating in the environment sector to become more sustainable.

Organisations are invited to apply for the programme to receive tailored support to help grow their business or enterprise.

Groundwork will work closely alongside a cohort of environmental organisations to help them to develop a package of support including:

  • Access to a bespoke learning package co-designed by organisations and Groundwork,
  • The opportunity for financial support to put learning into action,
  • Peer-learning and networking opportunities with other participants,
  • Access to pro bono legal and financial expertise,
  • Valuable information about the world of social enterprise from leading experts.

Examples of eligible projects are broad and include: selling woodland products or produce from land management projects, selling services such as training or awareness courses, producing and selling a Standard Mark, or setting up an online retail or physical charity shop.

The programme will run until April 2024 with Groundwork supporting around 60 organisations on their enterprise journey.

The EDP is developed and funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by Social Investment Business (SIB). It provides a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises working in certain sectors in England, helping them to expand or upscale their existing business or enterprise model and ways of working.

How to Apply

Stage One applications for environmental organisations will open on Tuesday 15 June with a deadline of Tuesday 13 July.

To find out more about the programme, including how to apply, please visit 

For any questions about the programme or to be notified about future application windows, please contact