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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


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


2. Government Funding


Government Funding Organisation


My Community


3. European Funding


4. Lottery Funding


This is a useful search engine for all Lottery Funds:

  • Big Lottery

  • Arts Council

  • British Film Institute

  • Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Sport England

  • UK Sport


5. Social Enterprise Funding


Esme Fairbairn


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


Tudor Trust – Supporting positive change in communities


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (need 50% match)


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


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


Power to Change – Community Business



6. Loans 


Big Issue Invest 


Bridges Ventures


Triodos Bank 


Third Sector Loan Fund  



7. Social Investment


CAF Venturesome


Big Issue Invest


Bridge Ventures


Key Fund


Social Investment Business


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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