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What is the fund?

Big Potential, a Big Lottery Fund grant fund, is delivering approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to charities and social enterprises with the aim of improving their sustainability, capacity and scale and enabling them to deliver greater social impact.

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

How do I apply?

Big Potential has now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.

If you have applied via Big Potential Breakthrough all decisions will be made in October and November with all applicants informed of the outcome by December. If you have applied via Big Potential Advanced all decisions will be made in September with all applicants informed of the outcome by the end of October.

If you have already been awarded grant funding please see our information for grant-holders.

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What can I apply for?

Investment readiness grants between £20,000 - £150,000 were available to organisations allowing them to work closely with the programme’s approved providers and identify and solve business needs.

"The Big Potential-funded community share venture has proved a great way to support the development of our smallholdings.

The share offer provided a practical and accessible way for a wide range of people to get involved with our work, and to support the development of small-scale ecological agriculture in England”.

Cate Chapman, Managing Director, Ecological Land Co-operative

Read their story here


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The Social Investment Business is the trading name for the Social Investment Business Foundation, Registered Company No. 05777484 (England), Registered Charity No. 1117185 (England & Wales), The Social Investment Business Limited, Registered in England No. 06490609, VAT No. 927456693, Futurebuilders-England Limited, Registered in England No. 05066676 and Forward Enterprise FM Ltd, Registered in England No.11238102. Registered Office: CAN Mezzanine, Borough, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

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