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This month Ecorys and ATQ published the latest instalment of their Growth Fund evaluation, which is commissioned by The National Lottery Community Fund – a funder of the programme alongside Big Society Capital and co-investors. Alongside some programme data, the report is based on interviews that Ecorys and ATQ conducted with eleven of the fifteen […]
Access launched the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) because the growth of earned income is one key way that charities and social enterprises can achieve greater resilience. EDP uses a sector-focused approach to identify relevant charities and social enterprises and provide them with an appropriate combination of grants and peer-learning opportunities. In 2020, the Enterprise Development […]
The clues are in the names. Access’s work is all about opening up social investment so that barriers to accessing finance are removed and more organisations can benefit. We called our major investment readiness fund the “Reach” Fund to highlight how we wanted to enable social investors to be able to reach further into the […]
We are now open for applications from social investment providers to join a co-development cohort to develop plans for our flexible finance for the recovery programme. This is the second of two major new blended finance initiatives which we have launched in response to the impact of COVID on the sector, funded through £30m of […]
This blog post has been written by the Ti Group, Access’s learning partner. It is based on interviews with 12 witnesses who were or are directly involved in the process as well as a review of all of the internal documentation as well as what is public. Where an opinion is expressed, this is the […]
The previous two blogs from Access’ Director of Learning explored some of the recent changes in funders’ approaches towards monitoring and learning during the Covid-19 emergency response period. They reflected which of these changes could (and should) endure into the “new normal”. One of the key themes to emerge was around trust. In the context […]