Funding for My Social Enterprise

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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