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.
First we met Louise from Scrap in Leeds, a social enterprise focused on providing resources for arts and children’s play from materials which were destined for landfill. The have an amazing shop and space for workshops, events and training covering an enormous floor of an old mill in Farsley in West Leeds. From there they […]
Last week we published some analysis of 13 live growth fund applications. These include the funds which are already live and making loans to charities and social enterprises, those where we have made an offer and are in the process of setting up the fund, and those where we are undertaking due diligence, as at […]
“The Gathering” emerged from the brain of foundation stalwart and social investment pioneer Danyal Sattar, currently at Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The starting point was a vision of the emerging marketplace as a consistent and efficient force for social good, and the need for a greater sense of shared purpose and ambition amongst current practitioners. He […]
The Growth Fund has three funds now live, plus five offers made. There are three further applications currently in the due diligence stage. We are seeing a strong pipeline with a wide range of different sorts of organisations applying. Simon recently updated on progress and the themes we are seeing. A key part of our […]
It was a pleasure to be a part of the conversation that led to the first two grants being approved through the Reach Fund: talking through the first set of applications felt like a satisfying milestone. Over the past six months, our partners Social Investment Business (SIB) have done a great job in putting all […]
It’s now about 18 months since the Growth Fund opened its doors to the first applications in summer of 2015, and I have been in post for a little over year, so what have we learnt and seen? Plenty! So what can I tell you? After a year of activity Seb provided an update on […]
Access has been established to address to specific failures in the social investment in England, namely the lack of small scale unsecured debt, and the need for long term funding of investment readiness work. We are doing this through providing subsidy in the form of grants in two main ways: By blending grant with debt […]