Nesta Arts Impact

Nesta Arts Impact provides specialist, affordable finance for the arts and culture sector in England. It is backed by Arts Council England, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Nesta.

We support cultural organisations across a range of artforms to scale up what they do, launch new activities and manage cash flow challenges. Our applicants must deliver social impact in at least one of the areas of health & wellbeing, youth & educational attainment and citizenship & community. They might work in theatre, literature, visual arts, dance, music, combined arts or cultural heritage. Sector support organisations are also welcome to apply.

Nesta Arts Impact offers unsecured loans of various sizes. Our finance is affordable and flexible, with the investment team working closely with applicants to meet their needs.


Leapfrog Finance Ltd

The Leapfrog Community Energy Bridge Fund is a £30 million revolving loan facility to finance community-owned renewable energy assets. 

It is a debt fund, able to lend up to 100% of the construction cost of a community-owned renewable energy project (minimum £250k, maximum £6m). It can also lend 100% of the acquisition cost of a renewable energy project to bring it into community ownership.

This facility is managed by Leapfrog Finance and was originally introduced to enable community groups to acquire and/or construct renewable energy projects under the government's shared ownership protocol, introduced in April 2015.

It delivers social impact in several ways, not least of which is increased economic resilience in deprived areas through ownership of cash generating assets, in this particular case, renewable energy generation.


Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

GMCVO is the VCSE sector infrastructure organisation for Greater Manchester, offering loan finance of £10,000 - £50,000.

Our aims are to strengthen the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, build bridges with other sectors, and influence local and national policy.

Our GM Social Investment fund is designed to help organisations grow and to grow their social impact. The programme is aimed at social enterprises, charities and other organisations in Greater Manchester who address social needs, strengthen communities, improve people's life chances, enhance culture or protect the environment.

GMCVO's vision is a strong, diverse and influential VCSE sector that promotes social, economic and political inclusion for all, provides high quality support to people and communities (especially those that are disadvantaged), encourages the involvement and leadership of communities in addressing and resolving the issues that affect them, and improves the quality of life of local people.