(Image from parliament.uk) Nick Hurd, the former MP and minister, has been appointed chair of Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. Hurd was MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner until the election in December 2019, and entered parliament in 2005. He held a number of government roles since 2010, including as Minister for Civil […]

Following a successful pilot, the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) will reopen in the New Year, and will expand to be able to support charities and social enterprises operating in the mental health and equality sectors, in addition to those working in homelessness and youth. The EDP is led by a partnership of national infrastructure bodies […]

Undertaken and written by the TI Group, Access’s learning partners, the report reflects the views of all the key actors involved in the programmes: almost 100 of the grantees, the social investor Access Points and perspectives from advisory providers and SIB, the programme manager. The findings paint an encouraging picture. The Reach Fund is supporting […]

Major new five year, £40m, programme to support charities and social enterprises develop or grow their enterprising activity has launched, funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. The programme will commence with a year-long pilot grant programme and pilot learning programme operating in the Youth and Homelessness sectors. The grant programme, called “Enterprise […]

Access – The Foundation for Social Investment has today published its new five year strategy, with a commitment to help charities and social enterprises to develop enterprise models which help increase their earned income and thereby build resilience. Access’s work will focus on those who are likely to use social investment as a tool for […]

The Growth Fund is to close to new applications this December. Organisations looking to make loans to charities and social enterprises in England have until December to apply to the Growth Fund by submitting an expression of interest.