Good Finance - a social investment website just launched

A new website that explains and simplifies social investment to help social enterprises access it and which is backed by government and a range of sector bodies has just been launched. The Good Finance website contains the first directory of social investors and advisers, up-to-date information and case studies, and a tool to help charities assess whether social investment is right for them. 

Nick Temple, deputy chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, said: "We know that the social investment landscape can sometimes feel fragmented, difficult to understand and difficult to access. That's why we are delighted to be involved in Good Finance which had been designed with the users at its heart - and is also a genuine collaboration between key organisations."


Big Ideas Fund

Round 2 of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open.It aims to give community groups the support and tools to start setting up a community business.It will also give groups the early stage finance that is needed to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. Details here - closing date is 31st May. 


Big Issue Invest - Impact Loans England

The Big Issue Invest scheme Impact Loans England is up and running. It's a new £5 million lending scheme aimed at enabling social enterprises to access loan funding of between £20,000 and £150,000. The programme is funded by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital. 

The Impact Loans England programme is available to organisations across England with the £5 million to lend over the next three years. The funding is available to organisations keen to do more of the good work they do - whether its buying equipment, hiring new talent, or progressing with business development plans.

Email impactloansengland@bigissueinvest.com with an expression of interest and someone from the team will get back to you.


Funding Central

Funding Central is a platform that helps you search for funding for your social enterprise. It provides unique access to thousands of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place.

It's free for organisations with an annual income under £100,00 and you can:

  • Search the database to identify opportunities that match your project
  • Receive new funding opportunities tailored to your needs direct to your inbox each week, plus all the latest updates, news and deadlines
  • Access practical guides and online tools to support your funding strategy