Access exists to bridge the gap between smaller charities & social enterprises and social investors. That’s not something we can do on our own. Through this blog we try to open up our work.
You may have seen the announcement last week that Resonance have launched the first fund lending to charities and social enterprises which has been supported by the Growth Fund. This is the first fund to go live and is now available for applications from charities and social enterprises in South West England working to being […]
The Growth Fund is designed to increase the availability of small affordable unsecured loans for charities and social enterprises. The Growth Fund totals £45m and provides a blend of loan from Big Society Capital and grant from the Big Lottery Fund to social investors across England. This allows those social investors to offer smaller loans […]
The six weeks since my last post have been a busy time. Amidst a lot of work to get our Reach Fund and Impact Management programmes up and running, I’ve also been speaking to organisations about the ‘Infrastructure Investment’ strand of our capacity building work, as advertised in my last post. This series of conversations […]
Back in December we announced the ‘headlines’ for our capacity building programme. With the process of getting our Reach Fund and Impact Management programmes up and running underway, and the working group for GoodFinance.org.uk making good progress, we’re now developing our plans for “Infrastructure Investments”. To restate the context: social investment intermediary organisations (social lenders, […]
In December we commissioned NPC to undertake a piece of research on how Access can best develop its pipeline of potential social lenders in order to provide the best possible reach into the charity and social enterprise sector. You can download the final report here. The results have been very useful for us as we […]
It’s been 3 months or so since I joined Access and I haven’t posted a blog until now. So while it’s probably overdue, I was really just hoping that they would forget and I wouldn’t have to write them. No chance… so here goes nothing. It’s my first time posting and my first entry for […]
I last wrote before Christmas to update on our progress on the management of our endowment, namely, how best we invest the £60m endowment from the Cabinet Office using a “total impact” approach. We received detailed proposals from the shortlisted asset managers in early January and went about reviewing them as an endowment working group. […]