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Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) since 1976 has been providing advice, grants, and loan finance to incorporated charities and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK seeking to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

Architectural Heritage Fund >

Arts + Culture Finance

Arts & Culture Finance uses social impact investment to support arts and cultural organisations that benefit the lives of individuals, communities and society through their work. We believe that arts and culture play an essential role in our everyday lives, in the forging and understanding of our identity and in growing the UK’s economy. They inspire, challenge and educate us.

Arts & Culture Finance >

Big Issue Invest

We are the social investment arm of The Big Issue. We extend the mission of The Big Issue by providing finance and support to social enterprises and charities seeking to dismantle poverty and deliver social, economic, and environmental impact across the United Kingdom. or

Big Issue Invest >

Bridges Outcomes Partnerships

Bridges Outcomes Partnerships is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Bridges Outcomes Partnerships helps consortia of VCSE organisations to bid for and deliver innovative public services – aiming to improve outcomes for citizens and value for money for government.

Bridges Outcome Partnerships >

Bristol and Bath Regional Capital

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) is the region’s only investment company to focus exclusively on enabling regional change by democratising financial purpose and profit. We channel capital into the regional economy in a way that increases its social, economic and environmental benefits.

Bristol and Bath Regional Capital >

CAF Venturesome

CAF Venturesome is the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation, and is one of the most established and active players in the UK social investment market. CAF Venturesome aims to to connect vital organisations, institutions and individuals working to ensure everyone has a stake in the future. We exist to accelerate progress in society towards a fair and sustainable future for all.

CAF Venturesome >

Charity Bank

Charity Bank was always going to be different. What drives us isn’t profits, but a shared idea about the world we want to live in. We were founded to support charities with loans that they couldn’t  find elsewhere and to show people how their savings could be invested ethically and in ways that would make them happy.

Charity Bank >

Co-operative and Community Finance

CCF is the Lender for Social Purpose lending to ethical businesses since 1973. We provide loan finance to a range of organisations and community businesses sympathetic loan finance to help people take control of their economic lives and create social benefit.

Co-operative and Community Finance >

Co-operatives UK

Co-operatives UK is the voice of the Co-operatives movement. We empower and support co-operatives enterprise with specialised knowledge and expertise to the grow the co-operative economy and create a fairer society.
We run the Community Shares Unit and the Booster Fund which invests in community share offers. Our investments are ‘match equity’ where we invest pound for pound up to a maximum (usually around £100k) against investments raised from your community.

Co-operatives UK >


Crowdfunder’s platform is built on the experience of thousands of UK projects and makes the process really, really simple. Crowdfunder’s mission is to tackle society’s challenges by making ideas happen. Our aim is to help projects that matter get support from people who care.

Crowdfunder >


Ethex brings together on one platform the best positive savings and investment opportunities to make it easy to make money do good, in the hopes that  can collectively help pioneering and extraordinary businesses to deliver community-owned initiatives, renewable energy solutions, sustainable transport and housing solutions.

Ethex >

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust

The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust awards over £1 million in grants every year to charitable organisations operating in Cumbria and the north of Lancashire. Our core purpose is to support charitable organisations who enable young people up to the age of 24 in Cumbria & North Lancashire experiencing challenging circumstances to thrive.

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust >

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation offers flexible financing and expert advice, helping social enterprises realise their full potential and scale to have the greatest social impact possible.
Our goal is to support and help scale social enterprises by providing them with financial support through revenue share agreements, tailored mentorship, and board level guidance.

Fredericks Foundation >

Fundsurfer is a UK based crowdfunding and investment platform. Our mission is to make funding accessible for all. Our company is built on a determination to help change the way funding is delivered both online and offline, through creating innovative funding products and making the key introductions to investors and potential partners that companies need to grow and thrive.

Fundsurfer >

GM Social Investment Fund

GMCVO is the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector infrastructure organisation for Greater Manchester. We have been working with social change and ethical trading organisations in Greater Manchester for over 40 years and we understand the unique challenges and the opportunities in the locality.

GM Social Investment Fund >

Groundwork UK

Groundwork works with communities and a wide range of partners to create lasting, positive change. We invest in projects that help people gain skills and confidence, get into work or training, protect and improve green spaces and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation and poor health. We believe that by working together, we can create a more vibrant and green future for everyone.

Groundwork has a long history of success in delivering positive social impact and a range of grant opportunities for charities, community groups and businesses.

Groundwork UK >

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Homeless Link

We are the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. We work to make services better and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness. We are partners on the Thrive Together Fund, offering blended finance to organisations looking for social investment.

Homeless Link >

Impact Alchemy CIC

Impact Alchemy provides investment and support to smaller social enterprises and charities working across the UK. We believe in the power of small scale and local interventions to generate positive social impact. Impact Alchemy works closely with a network of experts who have worked with the most successful social enterprises in the UK.


Impact Alchemy CIC >

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent social change organisation that works to solve poverty. Our vision is for a prosperous UK without poverty. Our mission is to inspire action and change to solve UK poverty. Since 2015, JRF has been making social investments that contribute to our vision and mission. We help make positive changes, achieving social impacts such as affordable homes, increased employment, low cost finance and affordable energy.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation >

Key Fund

Key Fund provides loans, sometimes combined with grants, in sums of between £5,000 and £150,000 to support the development and growth of community and social enterprises operating in the North and Midlands.

We invest in the community and social enterprises that have traditionally been excluded; turned down by mainstream banks and building societies. Particularly those in disadvantaged areas. Key Fund believes in the power of people to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities.


Key Fund >

Livv Investment

Livv Investment is part of Livv Housing Group who are committed to creating positive impact and building flourishing communities.  This includes ongoing support for social sector organisations so that they can do more to provide opportunities to help our communities flourish and enhance people’s lives. 


Our Livv and Flourish fund provides investment by way of loans with the opportunity for a grant element to social enterprises and charities  based in or having a demonstrable impact in Livv communities –mainly Liverpool City Region and local authority areas where Livv has existing housing stock or is in the process of developing low-cost housing.

Livv Investment >

Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme

The Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (“LEAP”), developed by the Real Farming Trust, is a new model for financing and supporting food and farming enterprises that puts people and the biosphere at the heart of our food system. LEAP provides a critical next step for community based agroecological enterprises that have relied on grant funding to date and have nowhere to go to finance their onward development.

Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme >

NatWest Social & Community Capital

NatWest has a strong heritage supporting community-based businesses. Through NatWest Social & Community Capital (S&CC), we are building on that support, helping potential and existing social entrepreneurs who are unable to access sufficient finance through mainstream channels.

We will look to support viable charities, social enterprises, community interest companies and co-operatives who are sustainable, deliver high levels of social value and are investment ready.

Through the independent charity NatWest Social & Community Capital is offering Loan Funding of between £30,000 and £750,000 depending on the type of organisation, to enable Social Enterprises to gain the finance they need to expand their market.

There is no deadline to apply, and applications for loan funding are open all year round.

NatWest Social & Community Capital >

NorthStar Ventures

Northstar Ventures supports charities and social enterprises in the North East of England through the North East Social Investment Fund (NESIF). We are passionate, committed and enthusiastic about what we do, and what we want to achieve. We are committed to the North East and the communities in it, while firmly believing that the solutions and innovation created within the region can be scaled up to benefit citizens globally.

NorthStar Ventures >

Resonance Ltd

Resonance is a social impact investment company. For more than 14 years we have been helping social enterprises prepare for and raise capital from investors who value impact ambition. Through our pioneering social impact residential property funds, we work with institutional investors and expert housing partners to provide safe, affordable homes with wrap around support. Since our first property fund launched in 2013, we have helped to provide homes for almost 3,000 individuals and families in over 1,000 properties, in major cities across the UK.

Resonance Ltd >

Somerset Community Foundation

Somerset Community Foundation inspires philanthropy that creates vibrant, inclusive communities where voluntary organisations and social enterprises thrive, transforming and enhancing people’s lives. We do this by funding amazing local charities and providing rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give to the causes and places they care about.

We work in partnership with individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and the public sector to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Since 2002 we’ve awarded £20 million to thousands of charities

Somerset Community Foundation >

Sporting Capital

Sporting Capital is the social investment arm of Sporting Assets, a leading community sports and social investment advisor with the mission to grow a resilient and impactful community sports. Our investments are focused on helping these organisations to become more sustainable through developing new, and scaling existing, revenue streams.

Sporting Capital >

Treebeard Trust

Treebeard Trust is a charitable foundation set up by Barnaby and Cassandra Wiener in 2011. The organisations currently gives out grant funding to organisations that work in social impact with a particular focus on three areas: Environment; Refugees & Vulnerable Migrants; Violence Against Women & Girls.

For more information contact Shishir Malhotra, Impact Investment Adviser at

Treebeard Trust >

Trust for London

Trust for London made its first social investment in 2012, and since then we have invested £17m in charities and social enterprises helping to reduce poverty and inequality in London.

Trust for London >

Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank is one of the most sustainable banks in the world and was founded on the conviction that banking can be a powerful force for good. Our mission is to help create a society that that protects and promotes quality of life and human dignity for all. Since 1980, our sustainable financial products have enabled individuals and organisations to use their money in ways that benefit people and the environment.

Triodos Bank >

Postcode Innovation Trust

Funded by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Postcode Innovation Trust’s Social Investment Programme has been created to provide sustainable funding for social enterprises that are looking to increase their social and environmental impact.

We offer subsidised loan packages to asset-locked social enterprises within Great Britain that aim to achieve impact in the areas of social inclusion, community development and environmental improvement.

Postcode Innovation Trust >

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Founded in 1961, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is now one of the UK’s largest independent funders.

We have a £45m allocation to social investments supporting organisations working in the UK towards our three aims – to improve Our Natural World, secure a Fairer Future and nurture Creative Confident Communities.

We take an impact-first approach to Social Investment, starting with the social or environmental need and tailoring the investment to best suit the needs of the investee.  We offer investments between £100k and £2m across a wide range of products and instruments, and recycle returns.  

Read more about our social investment approach here. Note that you must align closely to our social impact goals in order to be considered for investment, and you must already be talking to us about social investment in order for us to act as your Access point for the Reach Fund.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation >