Our funds

We help civil society organisations prosper through better access to finance, support and long term strategic thinking.


Big Potential

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately 20m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.

The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment or winning contracts.

Big Potential has two possible application routes -

Breakthrough: VCSE organisations based in England who are thinking about taking on social investment and have the ambition to raise up to 500,000 of repayable investment can apply to the Breakthrough route.

Advanced: VCSE organisations based in England who are thinking about taking on social investment and have the ambition to raise over 500,000 of repayable investment and/or win a contract of above 1million can apply for the Advanced route.

Grants are available now on a rolling basis.

Community Investment Fund

The Community Investment Fund launched in February 2014. The fund is owned and managed by our partners Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC). It is part financed by the Social Investment Business Foundation and Big Society Capital and provides loans and equity to community based social enterprises and charities in England. Express an interest now.

Liverpool City Region Impact Fund

The 2m Liverpool City Region Impact Fund will offer business support and simple finance to local charities and social enterprises, helping them to grow and scale up the impact they make in their communities.

The fund offers unsecured loans of between 50,000 - 250,000 with repayment terms up to 5 years and at an interest rate of between 6-12%.

Applications are assessed and decisions are made as and when applications are received. If you are interested in applying to the fund, we strongly recommend you complete the short expression of interest as soon as possible. Once the budget has been fully committed the fund will close.

The Fund is accepting expressions of interest now.

Third Sector Loan Fund

This Fund is managed by our partner, Social and Sustainable Capital, and 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 individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. Express an interest now.


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Our funds explained...


The fund icons and explanations give you an indication as to which of our funds might be suitable for your social venture depending where you are on your social investment journey.

Note each fund has its own specific eligibility criteria. 

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