Social Investors, Funds & Advisers

Browse our list of social investors and advisers below.

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GMCVO is the VCSE sector infrastructure organisation for Greater Manchester. Their social investment fund, Access to Growth, offers blended finance of £10,000 - £50,000.

£23 million social impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises.

The Arts Impact Fund was the world’s first impact investment fund specifically for the arts and cultural sector. It provided repayable finance between £150,000 and £600,000 to arts organisations in England with ambitions to grow, achieve great artistic quality and have a positive impact on...

The Birmingham Small Business Loan Fund offers local businesses and social enterprises access to the finance they may need to survive and thrive, protecting or creating jobs and boosting the local economy in Birmingham in the process.

In 2011 British Airways and Pure Leapfrog came together to create the first passenger programme to help UK based community energy projects -  known as The British Airways Carbon Fund.

The Carbon Fund is a voluntary scheme for British Airways’ customers. When booking a flight on,...

We lend up to £100,000 to all manner of business people to enable their enterprise to grow and thrive.

CAF Bank

CAF Bank offer flexible loans, exclusively to UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

The EI Fund offers flexible loans of up to £100,000 to VCSEs who work for the benefit of children & young people in East London. 

A loan to a charity or social enterprise can  enable the organisation to grow,  thrive and do more for your community. We lend across the wider West Midlands from £10,000- £150,000.

We lend to organisations that are owned and democratically controlled by their members, who are usually either employees, customers or members of a community.

Communities Investment Fund (CIF) is a long running fund that has supported dozens of social businesses in Wales to grow through the provision of millions of pounds of social investment loan finance.

The fund has recently been launched and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government.

We offer alternative funding to business charities and social enterprises who don't qualify for mainstream loans.

This CDFI fund was created partly with investment from East Midlands Development Agency in 2008. 

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We have £3million available to invest into organisations with a social mission. Our investments range from £25,000 - £150,000 offering a combination of loans and grant funding.

We understand that many social enterprises and charities struggle to access the finance they need to grow and achieve their social goals. Facilitated by the Community Investment Enterprise Facility (CIEF), we offer loans from £10,000 to £100,000 to social enterprises and charities in the West...

The Community Investment Fund was launched in February 2014.  The Fund invests between £250,000 and £2 million in community based, locally led organisations which are providing essential support and services to improve the well-being of local residents, developing the local economy and creating...

The Community Investment Fund was launched in February 2014.  The Fund invests between £250,000 and £2 million in community based, locally led organisations which are providing essential support and services to improve the well-being of local residents, developing the local economy and creating...

The Community Land Trust (CLT) Fund provides finance to support community housing schemes in the UK. 

If you’re an organisation supporting positive social or environmental change, the Triodos crowfundning platform can support you to raise capital to grow.

The Triodos online crowdfunding platform enables investors to find and invest in organisations.

The £3.7 million Cultural Impact Development Fund offers small-scale repayable finance between £25,000 and £150,0000 to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations in England that are committed to improving the quality of their impact practice and evaluation and could benefit from external...

Repayable finance from £25,000 to £400,000+ to help build capacity, or to provide cash flow support.


Loans to social enterprises that are helping to dismantle poverty and fight inequality. 

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our globalised food system and our reliance on long, just in time supply chains. This has led to a big increase in demand for local food but many agroecological producers and community food businesses have had to stop taking on...


If you are a high impact social enterprise looking for investment to grow the impact you make, our Ventures team works with social enterprises to enable them to raise capital from like-minded investors.

Enterprise Loans can provide an alternative source of finance for both start-up and established businesses across South Yorkshire, the North Midlands, Lincolnshire and The Humber who are unable to secure all their funding requirements from the banks and/or other mainstream sources.

From 3 April 2020 we are closed to new applications from organisations we don’t already fund. This is so that we can prepare for our new strategy, and work closely with the organisations we fund to support them through the coronavirus crisis.

The Fair By Design Fund is managed by Finance Birmingham and Ascension Ventures, bringing nationwide reach and infrastructure for companies looking for funding in this space.

First Steps Enterprise Fund (FSEF) is a £300,000 pilot fund to support community organisations. We manage this fund on behalf of the ASDA Foundation. 

The Forward Enterprise Fund is a £2m social investment fund that supports individuals, charities and social enterprises run by, or creating employment opportunities for, ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction.



Blended loan, risk capital & grant funding for social enterprises in South West England. 

Launched in May 2017, the Homeless Link Social Investment Fund has, over three years, £4.5m to invest in charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness across England.

Big Issue Invest is offering loan finance between £20,000 and £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in England. This new £5 million lending scheme is aimed at enabling social enterprises and charities to access loan funding.

Launched in 2016, our £4 million fund offers a blend of grant and unsecured loan finance for charities and social organisations. Investments of between £10,000 – £150,000 are available.

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We can also provide loans of upto £300K to Community and Social Enterprises who are more established and looking to further develop and grow their organisation.

The Liverpool City Region Impact Fund (LCRIF) offers loans to charities and social enterprises based in the Liverpool City Region and its surrounding areas, helping them to grow and scale up their economic and social impact in their communities.

The £2m fund is financed in equal part by ...

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Places and spaces for people to come together and enjoy shared interests are vitally important for building stronger communities. We’re offering interest-free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces.

At the Real Farming Trust we understand the challenges that agroecological food and farming enterprises face in raising finance, whether that is waiting for a grant to come through or having the funds to grow and develop when you have no assets to secure against. 

With support from the Greater London Authority, Big Issue Invest launched a £10 million Fund to finance the provision of new affordable housing in London. 

Making Enterprise Happen offers investment packages of between £61,000 and £500,000 to social enterprises, community organisations and charities to develop and expand their enterprising activities. 

The Fund is investing a total of £6 million in small loans until 2022, with Social Investment Cymru managing access to these fund for social businesses in Wales.

Business loans from £25,000 - £150,000 for small and medium sized businesses in the West Midlands. 

Backing founders cracking the code of global challenges. 

Committed to supporting outstanding entrepreneurs, we bring the skills, networks and resources of our team and from across Nesta, to support social ventures to deliver on their mission, in particular, those backing challenges in education and employability, healthcare, and communities.

The £1 million Angel R&D Programme is focussed on backing scalable, innovative businesses throughout County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland who are seeking investment and planning to undertake a research and development project.

The £27 million Innovation Fund is focussed on backing scalable, innovative businesses throughout County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The North East Social Investment Fund (NESIF) is a fund providing impact focussed investments to charities and social enterprises in the region.

The £1.7 million Northern Accelerator Seed Investment Fund is focused on backing scalable, innovative spin-out companies from the four Northern Accelerator partnership universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland.

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This is aimed at creative businesses of all shapes and sizes, that deliver social impact. 

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Our Northern Impact Fund offers up to £150k in blended finance. 20% of the value of the loan as grant, provided by Access – the Foundation for Social Investment with finance provided by it’s partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.


The Big Issue Invest Outcomes Investment Fund makes investments into charities and social enterprises delivering payment by results contracts, where some or all the income is dependent on achieving social outcomes set by the public sector commissioner. 

Power Up Scotland develops early stage social businesses through investment, business support and cross-sector partnerships.


If you are a social enterprise or charity that needs additional property to be able to grow and thrive, this could be for housing refugees or those at threat of homelessness.


Investment for community led housing, spots facilities and renewable energy to help with pre-development, feasbility, land acquistion and construction costs. 

Revive loans provide flexible unsecured finance up to £50,000.

SASC Bridge Finance (SBF), formerly Leapfrog Bridge Finance, was acquired by SASC in September 2020.

The fund provides flexible secured loans of between £1 million and £15 million. We look for disadvantaged communities that want to be engaged in the low carbon energy sector and...

Social and Sustainable Housing (SASH) was launched in May 2019. 

The fund invests between £2 and £5 million in small - medium sized charities, who provide accommodation and support to vulnerable people. The purpose of the loan is to fund the purchase of safe, stable and appropriate...

The Social Business Growth Fund (SBGF) will support social businesses in Wales financially to enable them to grow and create job opportunities.

SBGF part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government

CAF Venturesome offer loans of £10,000 to £30,000, repayable over 2-3 years. These loans are interest free and with no fees. They can be used for:

  • Cashflow support to build the long-term sustainability of your organisation
  • Development finance to help you grow

The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises.

The City of London Corporation has established a £20m fund to support charitable organisations that want to access funding through social investment and to develop the social investment market in the UK.

The Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF) is a locally managed social investment fund designed to help voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Somerset start new initiatives or grow successful ones to become more financially sustainable.

The £3m Sporting Capital Fund provides loan funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible organisations. The fund looks to enable charities and social enterprises who use sport to make a difference to grow, sustain and succeed. We recognise that social investment is new to many...

Start & Grow offers investment packages of between £10,000 and £60,000 to social enterprises, community organisations and charities to start-up, develop and expand their enterprising activities.  Start & Grow investments are usually made up of one third grant and two thirds loan.

Finance For Enterprise is an official Delivery Partner of The Start Up Loans Company delivering Start Up Loans across the Sheffield City Region, East Midlands and Humberside.

Business Enterprise Fund is a delivery partner for the Start Up Loans Company, a Government backed scheme for young businesses that are starting up and growing.

Start-up Loan is a national scheme which First Enterprise has been engaged as a delivery partner on behalf of the Government by the British Business Bank

The Stepping Stones Fund is a social investment readiness facility for charitable organisations in Greater London. It is delivered in partnership with UBS.

A three-month intensive support programme to help launch and grow early-stage start-ups.

We support applicants across the UK who are undertaking a capital project or are looking to build upon or scale-up an existing enterprise.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund will provide essential financial support between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID-19.

Five social enterprise support agencies have come together to deliver the new fund:

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The Third Sector Investment Fund was re-launched in July 2017.  The Fund invests between £250,000 and £3 million in charities and social enterprises across the UK.  The Fund can support organisations across all social sectors, focused on improving the economic and social well-being of...

Blended fund (75% grant; 25% loan) for social businesses needing support of up to £100,000 to survive the effects of COVID19, or to improve or diversify their operation

Thrive loans provide flexible secured finance up to £250,000.

    Thrive Fund is designed to provide capital support for early stage growth.

    Triodos offer large loans and finance to organisations supporting positive social, environmental or cultural change. 

    Triodos finance organisations working towards becoming more sustainable - socially or environmentally. 

    Unity Trust Bank focuses on financial sustainability and positive social impact. They offer loans to organisations seeking a loan that will create jobs or bring wider economic, social or environmental benefit.


    We want to create a society that is better able to meet the needs and aspirations of people distant from the labour market. To do this we want to support social entrepreneurs to create solutions at scale.

    The Wolverhampton Independent Retail Loan Fund offers loans from £1,000 to £10,000 to retailers in Wolverhampton who are unable to secure finance from traditional lenders.