In 2014 the Impact Readiness Fund was launched by the Cabinet Office. It was the first programme of its kind to offer grants solely for the purpose of developing impact measurement approaches for charities and social enterprises so that they could raise investment or win contracts. Access and BSC have a shared interest in supporting better […]

The enabling infrastructure for social investment in England comprises both individual intermediary organisations and the shared practices, tools, networks and partnerships between these organisations. The Connect Fund is seeking to support both aspects of this infrastructure, using a combination of grant-funding and investments. Barrow Cadbury Trust, managing this fund in partnership with Access, today announced […]

Key Fund, a long-standing investor in community and social enterprises, is delivering the Northern Impact Fund, aimed at new and early stage enterprises who are seeking finance to support growth. Matt Smith, CEO of the Key Fund, said: “With this fund we’re offering finance of up to £150k, but typical investments will be around £50k, […]

Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, has announced the partnership that will deliver its two year Impact Management Programme. New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) will be leading the programme, working with a consortium of social sector organisations: Impetus-PEF, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services, Social Enterprise UK, Social Investment Business, Social Value UK and the Young Foundation. […]

Access has published further details of its strategy, including the design of its first two capacity building programmes, plans for developing the Growth Fund, its role as a market champion and details of how it is also seeking to achieve positive impact through the management of its endowment.  Access is providing over £100m to the […]

Here at Access we are committed to taking an evidence-based approach to our programmes, and making a contribution to our collective understanding of social investment through funding research. We’re very pleased to announce that our first funded report, ‘Prospecting the Future’ by Nick Temple of SEUK, has now been published. Through detailed analysis of the […]