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Funding for My Social Enterprise

August 9, 2017

 

Where can I to go to get funding for my your social enterprise?

 

I often get asked this question.  So, I thought it will be helpful if I list the number of organisations that I have come across who offer grants to social enterprise, charities and community projects as well as organisation that offer loans and social investment.

(Please note however, the sources of funding does change.  Hence the list is only intended as a starting point and by no means is definitive): 

 

Types of funding options you can consider:

 

1. Charitable Grants + Trusts

 

www.trustfunding.org.uk

 

This is a searchable website of all charitable trusts in the UK providing grants to voluntary sector groups.

 

2. Government Funding

 

Government Funding Organisation

 

http://www.governmentfunding.org.uk

 

My Community

 

www.mycommunityrights.org.uk/

 

3. European Funding 

 

http://www.europeanfundingne.co.uk/european-social-fund-esf.html

 

4. Lottery Funding

 

This is a useful search engine for all Lottery Funds: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/

  • Big Lottery

  • Arts Council

  • British Film Institute

  • Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Sport England

  • UK Sport

 

5. Social Enterprise Funding

 

Esme Fairbairn

 

http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund/sectors/social-change

 

Big Potential – up to £75k to support Social Investment

 

http://www.bigpotential.org.uk/where-else-can-i-find-funding

 

Tudor Trust – Supporting positive change in communities

 

http://tudortrust.org.uk/

 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (need 50% match)

 

http://www.trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk

 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – The Ideas and Pioneers Fund – Individuals and organisations

 

http://www.phf.org.uk/funds/ideas-and-pioneers-fund/

 

UnLtd – Individuals ‘Do it’ and ‘Grow it’

 

www.unltd.org.uk

 

Power to Change – Community Business 

 

http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/

 

 

6. Loans 

 

Big Issue Invest

 

http://www.bigissueinvest.com/ 

 

Bridges Ventures

 

http://www.bridgesventures.com/bridges-social-entrepreneurs-fund

 

Triodos Bank

 

www.triodos.org.uk 

 

Third Sector Loan Fund

 

http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/third-sector-loan-fund/  

 

 

7. Social Investment

 

CAF Venturesome

 

https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/caf-venturesome

 

Big Issue Invest 

 

www.bigissueinvest.com

 

Bridge Ventures 

 

www.bridgesventures.com

 

Key Fund

 

www.thekeyfund.co.uk

 

Social Investment Business

 

www.sibgroup.org.uk

 

If you will like to learn more about social investment, I will suggest you visit the Big Society Capital website who’s goals is to ensure charities and social enterprise are aware of the diverse range of products that are available to you.

 

8. Crowndfunding 

 

This presents a significant untapped potential for charities, social entrepreneurs and community groups to raise more money, experiment with new ways of addressing social challenges and get more people involved in campaigning and volunteering.  Here are just some platforms you can consider:

 

Crowdfunder - a crowdfunding platform for community groups, businesses, charities and social enterprises

 

CrowdJustice - crowdfunding legal action and public interest law

 

Ethex - making investing into projects with a social purpose easy to understand and do

 

GoGetFunding - helping individuals crowdfund for the causes they care about

 

Hubbub - crowdfunding university student and alumni projects

 

Spacehive - crowdfunding local projects to transform public spaces

 

JustGiving Crowdfunding - helping anyone raise money to fund their own good cause

 

DigVentures - Crowdfunding archaeology and heritage projects

 

GlobalGiving UK - crowdfunding for grassroots organisations around the world

 

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