Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to assist charities and social enterprises in England that require extra support to become ‘investment ready’. Through this programme, social investors (Access Points) can refer charitable organisations to the Reach Fund to apply for grants to pay for the support they need. Reach Fund grants can be used to fund specific pieces of work to help secure investment. This could include anything from legal to business planning costs. Applications will be accepted at any time from organisations who have been referred to the Reach Fund by a designated Access Point. A directory of Access Points can be accessed from the Reach Fund’s website. Applicants who have not been referred can register their interest and once approved can apply. Contact SIB for further information firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for social enterprises and organisational development
Below is a list of ongoing grants for social enterprises and organisational development.
Please note: the ongoing grants listed below do not represent all the funds available to groups.
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Big Issue Invest – Impact Loans England (Capital Funding included)
Loans of between £20,000 and £200,000 are available for social enterprises and registered charities in England to help them grow and continue the good work they are currently doing. The funding can be used for a variety of projects, including:
- Working capital
- Buying equipment
- Contract fulfilment
- Business development
- Hiring new talent.
Applications will be accepted at any time. Applicants are advised to email the Impact Loans England Team for further information.
Community Enterprise Fund
The Community Enterprise Fund (formerly known as the First Steps Enterprise Fund) is a small pilot fund to support community organisations that is managed by Social Enterprise Business and part funded by the Asda Foundation. A loan/grant funding package of up to £25,000 (up to 20% grant) is available to support community-led charities and social enterprises in England. The loan element is unsecured with a term of 4-7 years. Funding can be used by community organisations for any purpose except refinancing. Applications can be made at any time.
Co-operative and Community Finance (Capital funding included)
Financial aid is available for the support of the development of cooperatives or employee-owned businesses and social enterprises in the UK for general business needs, including loans on property, business purchase, capital equipment and working capital. Loans from £10,000 to £75,000 are normally available, however, from other funds under the sponsor’s management they are able to lend up to £150,000. Loans to new businesses are usually part of a larger financial package and not normally more than 50% of that package. Loans may be used for a wide range of purposes, eg start-up costs, recovery costs and expansion costs. This is a rolling programme. Applications can be made at any time.
Co-operative Loan Fund
Loans are available to assist the start-up and development of co-operative enterprises in the UK. The Fund aims to help communities develop co-operative, mutual or social enterprise solutions to face social or economic challenges. Loans are available for viable co-operative, mutual and social enterprises to assist with expansion or the set up of such an organisation. The scheme offers the following:
- Loans of between £10,000 and £85,000
- Unsecured loans with no personal guarantees
- Interest charged on reducing balance
- Unique understanding of co-operatives
- No set lending terms (flexible between 1-20 years)
- Lending will be at or near market terms
- Ongoing support throughout the term of the loan
Applications may be made at any time.
Charity Bank provides affordable loan finance and advice to enable charities, social enterprises and organisations with charitable goals across the UK to grow. It often lends where banks or building societies either will not make a loan at all, or will only do so on unaffordable terms. Loans of up to £4 million are available. Support may be accessed at any time.
Community Investment Fund
Loans and equity investments are available to community based, locally led charities and social enterprises in England that are providing essential health, social care, education and training services to improve the quality of life of local individuals, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. Long-term investments of between £250,000 and £2 million are available. Investments could be in the form of flexible loans, as well as equity type funding such as revenue participation notes. There are no deadlines. An online application form can be found on the SASC website and can be submitted at any time.
Growth Impact Fund
Loans are available to early stage growing social enterprises and charitable organisations in the UK to address the structural barriers that diverse organisations face. Applications can be made at any time. There are three flexible types of investment available. Applications can be made at any time.
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps. The new UK Gigabit Voucher launched on 8 April 2021 and is only available through a supplier who is registered with the scheme. You are now able to check whether your premises is eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active in your area.
The Foundation supports organisations that aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, now and in the future. It is keen to fund groundbreaking projects that may appear too risky to other funders. Of particular interest are projects relating to community building, strengthening nonprofits, environment and supporting families. Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Apply any time.
Key Fund (Capital Funding included)
Loans are available to support social enterprises and sustainable development in the North of England. There are various funding levels available. The fund can provide investment of between £5,000 and £300,000 to support:
- Start-up costs
- Working capital to pay for staff or overheads
- Growth and development
- Contributing to the purchase and renovating of buildings
- Building assets
- Buying property
- Energy efficiencies, such as solar panels.
Apply any time.
North Yorkshire Council’s Small Business Grants scheme
A flexible grant scheme is available to increase growth, productivity and resilience through the purchase of assets. Applicants can apply for capital grants of £1,000 to £10,000. This scheme does not include running costs or leases.
Thrive Together Fund
Unrestricted funding of between £25,000 and £150,000 is available to unlock the growth of eligible charities and social enterprises who are trading and looking to grow or diversify their business models. Organisations must work in the environmental or poverty sector and have been operating for two years or more, with a turnover of more than £100,000. Applications will be accepted at any time.