Olmec is a Stratford-based social enterprise that champions racial equality and addresses the disadvantages faced by minority and refugee communities (particularly those living in social housing) in accessing employment and positions of power. Its employment scheme with refugee women resulted in 211 people entering employment in two years, and its Black on Board programme now regularly sources trustees for local Housing Associations. The organisation is BAME-led and has an 100% BAME board. Olmec currently has a considerable waiting list for its programmes. It is using funding from The Fore to create a new online course based on the Black on Board programme, enabling the organisation to reach more people, operate more sustainably during Covid and generate additional revenue.
Funding programme:Core Programme
Funding round:2020 Autumn
Sector: Economic development and employability