Charities and Social Enterprises will often see the potential benefit of social investment, but will need support to become 'investment-ready'. Whether it's some upfront money to help with preparing your business plan or a grant to pay for a full-time employee for the first 6 months, there's various reasons frontline organisations would seek fundraising while in the pre-investment stage.

Our recent blog featuring tips on how to become investment ready is a good starting point

This page features some of the many organisations that can provide the funds or at the very least point you in the direction of somewhere that can. 

If you would like to suggest an organisation that could be featured here, please email


Access - The Reach Fund

The Reach Fund provides support to charities and social enterprises who are already close to the point of taking on social investment. In order to apply to the fund, an organisation must be referred by a social investor registered with the fund, known as an ‘Access Point’. 

Social Investment Business - The Reach Fund

The Reach Fund helps charities and social enterprises raise investment, the programme offers grants on average between £5000 and £15000. The grant is aimed at helping these organisations provide the final information that investors need before they can invest.

The Growth Fund


The Growth Fund is a partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund, Big Society Capital and Access and is designed to provide the finance that charities and social enterprises need for growth or diversifying their business models. The fund is aimed at organisations which are unlikely to have taken on social investment before.

Blended Finance

A blended finance programme to provide patient and flexible social investment for organisations post-Covid.

Get Grants Funding Finder

Get Grants Funding Finder is a free resource for grant fundraisers with information on hundreds of grant funders, including what they fund, how much they give, and how to apply.

NCVO Know How

Practical tips and step-by-step guides on how to find the money you need for your community group, organisation or charity.

Grant Finder

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national, and international sources of funding. Visit their website to explore grant opportunities.

Funding for All

Funding for All does not directly fund organisations or individuals. They do however mentor you to apply for funds from other trusts and foundations to increase your chances of success. Visit their website to find the latest available grants currently open to applications.

Funding Central

My Funding Central from Idox is a subscription-based funding service helping charities, local communities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises search for funding. The service saves time and resources by providing access to information on grant funding opportunities from local, national and international funding sources as well as social investment from a range of providers.

Grants Online

Grants Online is the UK's most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service. Visit their website to find out more.