Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund was a fund that provided blended loan and grant investments of up to £150,000 to creative and culture businesses who deliver social impact to disadvantaged communities, and are operating in the 11 northern Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas. The fund was a partnership between delivery lead Key Fund, the Social Investment Business and Creative United . 

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund 

RRLF was a £25m loan fund for social enterprises and charities who were experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It was established in six weeks in April 2020 to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

East London Impact Fund 

The East London Impact Fund was a finance and support programme intended to help charities and social enterprises deliver increased impact in disadvantaged communities in East London. The programme was funded entirely by Social Investment Business.  

Impact Management ProgrammeImpact

June 2017 - March 2018 

The Impact Management Programme aimed to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact - helping them increase their social impact and diversify their income.

We awarded 40 grants totalling £1.8m. The average grant size was £44,811.  

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) led the programme, working with a consortium of social sector organisations: Impetus-PEF, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services, Social Enterprise UK, Social Investment Business, Social Value UK and the Young Foundation, plus design studio Hactar. Access – the Foundation for Social Investment funded the programme as part of their capacity building work to support charities and social enterprises to be better able to take on a loan.

Big Potential

Big Potential LogoJune 2014 - September 2017

Big Potential was a £20m Big Lottery Fund grant fund that provided grants and support to charities and social enterprises to help them work out how social investment could help them become more sustainable, build their capacity and scale up to deliver greater social impact. 

The grants were used to help pay for specialist support from approved ‘providers’. All providers were individuals or organisations with specialist expertise that could provide technical, financial, legal, business or other support.

If you are looking for investment readiness support at the moment, please visit the Good Finance website for further advice.

Impact Readiness Fund

September 2014 - June 2016

This £4m pilot fund was set up to help social ventures demonstrate and improve their social impact. The programme, funded by the Cabinet Office, offered charities and social enterprises in England the opportunity to apply for either Impact Readiness or Impact Growth grants.

Investment and Contract Readiness Fund

May 2012 - March 2015Investment and Contract Readiness Fund

This fund offered grants to promising social ventures to better equip them to compete for public service contracts and secure other forms of investment. We managed this fund on behalf of the Cabinet Office, providing £13.2 million of grants to 155 ventures.

If you want to find out more you can read the full evaluation ‘In Pursuit of Readiness’.

Community Assets and Services Fund

October 2012 - March 2014

This fund helped organisations run local services or take over the management of local buildings or land of community value. A range of grants were available to help with the process of taking over a service or an asset including pre-feasibility, feasibility and capital grants.

The Fox & Hounds (Denmead) Community Co-Operative received funding from Community Assets and Services Fund to help relaunch a popular local public house.

Social Enterprise Investment Fund

July 2009 - April 2013

This fund provided loans and grants to social enterprises providing health and social care services in England. We managed this fund on behalf of the Department of Health, providing £98 million to 650 social enterprises in the health and social care sector.


October 2009 - May 2012Communitybuilders

This fund offered grant and loan finance to community-focussed organisations in England which provided local services and facilities. We managed this fund on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government, providing £70 million to community organisations.

The remains of Communitybuilders were endowed to us in 2011.

Futurebuilders England

2004 - 2010Futurebuilders

This fund provided loan financing to third sector organisations in England to help them bid for, win and deliver public service contracts. What made it different was its size. With £145 million of loan financing, it remains the largest social investment fund of its type in the UK.

As of Jan 2017, over £58.5m has now been repaid.

For more information you can read the evaluation of the fund ‘A Tale of Two Funds’.

Adventure Capital Fund

December 2002 - December 2009Adventure Capital Fund

The one that started it all! This fund offered a combination of financial investment and expert support to community enterprises to help them become sustainable.

Bootstrap received funding from the Adventure Capital Fund to help them refurbish their creative workspace enterprise.


Looking for support right now?Good Finance

Good Finance is a handy website created to provide charities and social enterprises with information on the different funding available. It's a great first-stop for any charity or social enterprise that is new to social finance and wants to understand the basics. 

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