Creative United CIC have launched Prosper North - "a new, free business support programme for culture and heritage organisations to help them become stronger, more impactful, and make the most of the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund investment opportunity."
Prosper North's declared aims are to improve the capabilities of around 80 cultural heritage organisations in the North of England– from music venues to community art groups, and independent museums to literature festivals – to increase income and impact, becoming more resilient businesses.
Prosper North is aligned with the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (NCRF), managed by the Key Fund, which is offering social investments (mix of grant and loans) to creative and cultural organisations in the north of England who deliver positive social impacts.
Between May 2019 and May 2021, 3 cohorts of participants will benefit from a series of free workshops on subjects such as business modelling, social investment and change management, and one-to-one business advice. There will be three enrollment points over the 2 year period: September 2019, March 2020 and September 2020.
If you are looking to start the programme in September, the deadline for applications is August 5th 2019. Applications for the other editions of Prosper North will be open until August 2020.