First Steps Enterprise Fund

First Steps Enterprise Fund (FSEF) is a £300,000 pilot fund to support community organisations. We manage this fund on behalf of the ASDA Foundation. 

This programme is open to community organisations that:

  • Are based and work in England
  • Have been operating for at least one year
  • Can provide evidence of need for and benefit to their local community.

Changes to final Big Potential application deadline confirmed

Due to unprecedented levels of demand for Big Potential the application deadlines have been moved forward. 

Big Potential Breakthrough: All applications for Big Potential Breakthrough need to be submitted by midday on Friday 15th September. Grant decisions will be made in October and November with all applicants informed of the outcome by December.


The city advertises contract opportunities on the new Capital eSourcing, which can be accessed here. 

When you log onto the site: (1) Click on "Supplier's area"; (2) Click "Register free". Once you have registered your company's details, you will be led through a number of steps. When complete, your registration will be placed in a queue and dealt with in due course.

When your registration has been approved, you will be automatically informed of  suitable contract opportunities in the areas you selected in the registration process, for the City of London Corporation, and also for the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Islington, Redbridge, Sutton and Tower Hamlets.

Social Finance

Social Finance partners with the government, social sector and financial community to find solutions to society's most difficult problems.

Social Finance is one of the leading social investment intermediaries in the UK. Since it began in 2007, it has mobilised over £100 million of investment and helped to pioneer a series of programmes, including the Social Impact Bond model, to improve outcomes for individuals with complex needs. We have sister organisations in the US and Israel and a network of partners across the world. 

Social Finance was the first to launch a national fund using the new Social Investment Tax Relief, to invest in social enterprises and charities across the country. It also manages two investment funds for health and social care.

In the UK, our work includes support for short sentence offenders, children on the edge of care, unemployed youth, isolated older people, people with severe mental health issues, and 1,400 homeless youth and rough sleepers. 


The Community Shares Company

We help you raise capital from your crowd of supporters using Community Shares. We've helped over 20 organisations raise over £5m, from pubs to piers, solar panels to sports clubs.  

The Community Shares Company specialises in helping organisations raise patient capital from their strongest supporters. We believe that communities that own assets are stronger, that community businesses can be an engine of economic and cultural growth and that capital from the people who care most about your impact in the world - your users, supporters and beneficiaries - is the cheapest, strongest and most effective type of money a social sector business can have.

We can help you:

  • Choose and create (or convey) the right legal structure
  • Develop the offer to investors (including helping you secure the right tax breaks that might be available)
  • Plan a marketing and engagement campaign with your community of potential investors
  • Write key documents and promotional material for you that's legally sound and engaging to read
  • Help you manage the post-investment process of running your organisation and engaging with your investors