Funding and investment can be available directly to you or it may be paid directly to an organisation supporting you. It may be grant or loan funding and have various obligations attached regarding use, reporting and repayment.

Similarly, you might earn income from direct sales or from commissioned or grant structured services.

In each case you may need help to find the finanical opportunities, or to launch or develop your organisation in a way that is Investment ready, Grant ready, Commission Ready or to meet application and reporting requirements. Contact us or look out for workshops for opportunities to learn and develop.

Here are some investment and funding channels you might be interested in:

Borrowed investments:

Cooperative and Community Finance

Credit Unions

Social Investment Business

Community Shares



ASDA Foundation – Value: Discretionary – Deadline: Indefnite
Capital grants are available to charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK for local charitable projects and activities that benefit the wider community, address local needs and make a significant difference to the local community.

Awards for all – Value: £300-10,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
Grants are available for voluntary groups, schools, local authorities and health bodies in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Aviva Community fund – Value:
£1,000-25,000 – Deadline: Pending next round
The Community Fund operates like a competition with the most-voted for projects receiving funding or going forward to a judging panel depending on the amount of funding requested. All applicants are, therefore, encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.

Big Society Capital
– Value: £500,000-15,000,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
Investments are available to UK-based Social Investment Finance Intermediaries (SIFIs) who provide financial and other support to charities and social enterprises for projects tackling major social issues within the UK, with a special focus on providing homes for those most in need; supporting communities to improve lives; and early action to prevent problems.

Comic relief- Tech for good – Value:
£15,000-47,000 – Deadline: 20/12/17
One-off grants are available for not-for-profit organisations based in the UK for proposals to develop or scale web, mobile or internet based technologies which deliver new or improved services to beneficiaries.

Comic Relief Core Strength - Local Communities Programme - Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton – Value: £1,000-10,000 – Deadline: Pending next round
Grants for community projects in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation- main grant – Value: £5,000-500,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
Grants are available to organisations doing legally charitable work in the UK that focuses on the Foundation's funding priorities in the arts, children and young people, the environment, food or social change.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation- merger fund – Value: £15,000-100,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
Funding is available to support not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are in the early phases of thinking about a merger.

Nominet Trust – Social tech seed – Value: £15,000,500,000 – Deadline: Pending (reopens 1/2018)
The Social Tech Seed funding programme focuses on supporting entrepreneurial organisations with innovative projects which harness the power of the internet and digital technologies to deliver significant social change and social challenges such as the environment and sustainability; education; employment and healthcare.

Social Business Trust – Value: Discretionary* – Deadline: Indefinite
A package of professional business support and targeted grant funding is available for social enterprises across all sectors in the UK to help them grow and to achieve greater social impact.
*The Social Business Trust does not make loans or standalone grants, rather it provides a package of professional business support and targeted grant funding.

Social Entrepreneurs Fund – Value: £0-1,500,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
Investment in scalable social enterprises delivering high social impacts and operating sustainable business models in the UK. The Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund is designed to address the funding gap often faced by fast growing social enterprises looking to scale.

The Reach Fund – Value: £5,000-15,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
Grants are available to assist charities and social enterprises in England that require extra support to become ‘investment ready’.

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity – Value: Discretionary, usually >10,000 – Deadline: Indefinite
The funding aims to help develop IT resources, for charitable and educational purposes, by a two stage process of advice and professional guidance, followed by the provisions of necessary funds.

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