Social Innovation Council
The Social Innovation Council is a collaborative group of organisations providing support for people facing financial hardship, set up by Lightning Reach.
We work collaboratively to co-design, prototype and test a new one-stop portal which streamlines and speeds up the grant application process for individuals and the organisations supporting them.
During the first phase of the Council (Jun-Dec 2021), the Council co-designed and launched the beta Application Portal which enables individuals to securely apply for multiple grants using a single profile.
Streamlining access to support
We're working towards our end goal of building a more streamlined support ecosystem. We aim to enable different organisations to collaborate more effectively and get support to the people who need it, quickly and securely.
Structure of the Council
How can I be involved?In 2022, we've broadened the Council's core membership to include three focused small groups across the support ecosystem, along with a Steering committee. These include the following: Grantmakers Group Referral Group Engagement Group Subscribe to our newsletter to become a Council member. You’ll receive monthly progress updates and opportunities to take part in workshops and feature testing.
What are the benefits of joining?Collaborate with and learn from other leading organisations in the sector Have your voice and experience heard in shaping the future of a more streamlined support ecosystem
Who's involved?Project lead - Lightning Reach Founding Partners - Turn2us, The Royal British Legion, The Charity for Civil Servants, Smallwood Trust, The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) and the FRC Group Grantmakers Group - see logos above Referral Group - see logos above Engagement Group - see logos above
Is there a cost to join?It’s free to become a wider member of the Social Innovation Council (newsletter subscriber and attendance/participation in broader Council opportunities)
Who can be involved?Participating organisations include charities, local authorities and support / referral agencies offering assistance to people in financial hardship, though this may discussed for other organisations with interest or expertise in this space