Free social investment masterclasses for creatives across Scotland

Free social investment masterclasses for creatives across Scotland

Third sector creative and cultural social enterprises in Edinburgh will have the opportunity to attend ‘Understanding Social Investment’ - a free workshop providing information and guidance on social investment.

Hosted by responsible finance provider Social Investment Scotland (SIS) and supported by Creative Scotland, the workshop will take place on 26 February at Out of the Blue in Edinburgh.

‘Understanding Social Investment’ aims to help third sector creative and cultural social enterprises, charities and professional service advisers understand the role of investment in helping them grow, become more sustainable and deliver greater social impact.

Through lively and interactive activities, including examples from other organisations who have used similar investment models, the workshop will allow participants to explore the benefits of social investment, the use of grants, loans and other investment models as part of a broad financial mix.

Attending organisations wishing to move towards securing social investment for their organisation will also be able to apply for 1-2-1 support alongside an Investment Readiness Grant to help progress their plans (application process applies).

Kieran Daly, head of market building at SIS, said: “These workshops are a great opportunity for cultural and creative social entrepreneurs across Scotland to discover how social investment could benefit their organisations.

“By sharing our knowledge and offering guidance, we want to help these enterprises maximise their social impact and make an even bigger difference to the communities in which they’re based.”

The workshop is being delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits the country.

Morgan Petrie, creative industries manager at Creative Scotland, added: “These workshops continue our collaboration with Social Investment Scotland, exploring the use of social investment in creative and cultural organisations.

“Working in partnership, we aim to provide a broader range of funding options for organisations that are interested in testing new business models and revenue streams.”

Another workshop will take place in Glasgow on 18 March at Mackintosh at the Willow.

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