Application to become a Woodland Social Enterprise Centre of Excellence

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Thank you for applying to become a Centre of Excellence for your region.

Please read the application guidance notes found here prior to applying. A text version of this form can be found here - please note only online applications will be accepted.

Please note, this opportunity is reliant on a successful application to the Heritage Fund Green Recovery Challenge Fund by The Plunkett Foundation and our Woodland Social Enterprise Network Partners, a decision is expected from the funder by the 16th July 2021.

The application can be saved and re-started at any point. Please use the save button at the top of the form, under the title.

Initial assessments to create a shortlist of applicants will be made using the application form information and governing documents only. All other documents will be used to choose the final three woodland social enterprises.

Closing: 9am Monday 21st June 2021

Responses to applicants: 5pm Wednesday 30th June 2021

Start date: 1st August 2021 (anticipated)

Programme end: 28th February 2023 (anticipated)

Eligibility Check

If you do not meet this criteria unfortunately you are ineligible to apply to become a Centre of Excellence. But, if the Woodland Social Enterprise Network proposal is successful you may be eligible for funded support, events and training and could apply for a small scale bursary. In the meantime, please stay in touch via the Woodland Social Enterprise Network Facebook Group a peer to peer support group set up by the sector, and hosted by Plunkett.

If you are a community woodland (locally rooted, trading for the benefit of the community, accountable to the community and have broad community impact) then you may already be eligible for free business support from the Plunkett Foundation. Please do not hesitate to contact us –, 01993 810730 or via our online enquiry form.

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Applicant Details

Woodland Social Enterprise Details

Organisation Address

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Please provide the details of your organisation's directors, trustees, committee members. This information will be used to undertake anti-money laundering, insolvency, disqualifications and related party checks (to add additional people please click on the button 'Add another response'):

Your Woodland Social Enterprise

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Becoming a Centre of Excellence

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Please provide an indicative budget for what you would spend the £10,000 grant on to make you a Centre of Excellence - this could cover staff costs, training of staff, facility improvement etc.
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More about your Woodland Social Enterprise

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Declarations & Keeping in Touch

  • I understand that the Woodland Social Enterprise Network programme, of which the Centre of Excellence are a part, will only run if Plunkett Foundation’s application to the Heritage Fund is successful.
  • I declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information given on this application form and in any supporting material is correct. 
  • I certify that I have the authority to act on behalf of this organisation and that this application has been approved by the trustees/directors or members of the management committee. 
  • I understand on signing this declaration that the organisation I represent complies with the eligibility criteria set out at the start of this application and will adhere to the deadlines and engage with the activities proposed.
  • Groups working with children, young people and vulnerable adults: I declare that we have an appropriate safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adult’s policy and that we have read and follow the Charity Commission guidance.
Privacy and Data protection
  • Plunkett Foundation and its programme partners will use the information you have provided on this form to make a decision about the suitability of your organisation for the programme. The information provided will be held on our secure CRM systems which are based within the European Economic Area. We take the security and privacy of the information you provide seriously and individuals have a number of rights under data protection legislation, if you wish to find out more about how we process your information, please find our privacy policy here.
  • The Plunkett Foundation is the Data Controllers in respect of the information submitted in this form.
  • Confidential information you provide, such as commercially sensitive data, will not be made public in any way, except as required by law.
  • We may use non-sensitive data about awarded grants, including statistical data about applications, to promote the programme. 

Find out more about the Woodland Social Enterprise Network Partners

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