Funding for social economy and social enterprises... in UK

Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) represents community development finance institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs provide loans and support to people who find it difficult to access finance from the commercial banks.
Hantsweb is a comprehensive gateway to information on Hampshire . There is a section dedicated to funding finance, grants and other external funding:

Future builders investments are available to third sector organisations in England delivering or planning to deliver public services and were unable to secure investment from commercial lenders.

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Local Impact Fund: Local Impact Funds are a local social investment fund product that provides appropriate and tailored support to charities and social enterprises in a local community. It can provide a locally-led solution to directing the existing supply of finance to where it is most needed.
London Rebuilding Society is a social enterprise specialising in innovative products and services which provide access to finance and support for individuals and households; creating healthy homes through increased energy efficiency, and better lives by helping reducing energy costs, increasing household income, improving health and well being.:

The Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards aims to support social enterprises and charities with trading activities looking to grow their business and improve their local community.
The Social Enterprise Loan Fund: TSELF, part of Big Issue Invest, provides loans to charities and social enterprises, especially those working in disadvantaged communities, that are unable to secure sufficient funding from mainstream sources.

Social Investment Forum, is the national forum for social investment and finance intermediaries (SIFIs). Working together as a network of SIFIs, the aim of the Forum is to co-ordinate policy and practical work to improve the way the social investment market works for all concerned.

Ashoka funds a small number of social entrepreneurs each year whose organisation is ready to scale-up:

Big Lottery Fund gives over £630 million a year. It is still a very good place to look for money for your organisation, particularly in its early days.
ClearlySo helps social entrepreneurs raise capital and introduces investors to investment opportunities.

Co-operative and Community Finance provides sympathetic loan finance to help people take control of their economic lives and create social benefit.

Funding Central is a website that provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities and tools and resources supporting organisations.
Finding Finance finds finance from Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs).

The Social Investment Business, a social investor in the UK, helps social enterprises, charities and community organisations prosper by providing innovative financial solutions and business support.
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funds the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. They support work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.

UnLtd is the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and gives out finance and support to social entrepreneurs in the UK.


CAN runs a venture philanthropy programme called CAN Breakthrough. This provides funding and management support to help established social enterprises scale up and maximise their social impact. Funding is concentrated on established organisations with three years trading.


Big Issue Invest is a specialist provider of finance to social enterprises or trading arms of charities that are finding business solutions to create social and environmental transformation. They provide finance for social enterprises in the form of loans, participation loans and equity.

Bridges Ventures funds have specific strategies to achieve a positive social and/or environmental impact. Bridges Ventures have £150m under management in two venture funds, the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the Bridges Sustainable Property Fund.

CAF Venturesome offers social purpose organisations support and capital, recognising that this type of investment may fall outside of the criteria of grant-makers and is often perceived as too risky for banks.

Social Finance provides a range of financial advice services to help build the social investment market. They are dedicated to finding ways to raise capital through robust investment propositions.


Charity Bank finances social enterprises, charities and community organisations, with the support of depositors and investors who want to use their money to facilitate real social change.
Triodos Bank only lend to and invest in organisations that benefit people and environment.

Unity Trust Bank is a specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, councils, trade unions, CICs and small businesses.

The Prince's Trust Gives practical and financial support to 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. They help these people start businesses.


Get Legal A free online reference and decision-making tool for charities, social enterprises and co-operative organisations to access clear information and guidance on the most appropriate legal form and governance structure for delivering their goals.

The Cabinet Office SIB Toolkit - This guide has been put together to help commissioners, providers and intermediaries advance the development of Social Impact Bonds.