Just a note to flag up that Unltd have 190 grants (of up to £5000 each) available in 2010 for any member of staff or student from a HEFCE funded organisation wishing to launch a social enterprise. The main criterion for getting a grant is that you can demonstrate your project will bring positive social change. (Good opportunity for SIFE students – for those of you working with them.)
If you or one of your students is interested, there’s more info at http://culturegroup.co.uk/Hefce_Website/.
Unltd also has a smaller number of development grants (up to £15k) for social enterprises which are off the ground but need financial support to grow.