Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)  




Social ventures across the South West can access funding and business support via Seedbed. A government-funded partnership between Dartington Hall Trust, Plymouth University and SWIG Finance, Seedbed is designed to help social ventures in the region to develop, grow and succeed.

The fund offers a flexible and optional mix of support through assessment, coaching, workshops, masterclasses and mentoring to help ventures achieve their business goals.

Grow Bristol CIC, a new urban farming venture accessed support and finance through the fund. The venture aims to develop and demonstrate innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants and the wider world.

Grow Bristol is bringing together techniques of vertical farming, controlled-environment agriculture and aquaponics to realise inter-grated vegetable and fish production in city spaces not normally suited to agriculture. Their aims are to produce fresh, local, sustainable food all year round, to educate and engage with people to increase knowledge and wellbeing and to promote enterprise and develop employment opportunities.

Grow Bristol’s wider vision is that urban agriculture contributes to making Bristol a healthier, happier and more prosperous and sustainable city.

Social enterprise and social ventures can access up to £50,000 via the fund to support the growth and development of the venture.

Find out more about Seedbed

Find out more about Grow Bristol