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The Growth Fund focuses on filling a well evidenced gap in the social investment market, for small scale unsecured simple debt finance. Access provides a blend of grant and loan, allowing social lenders to overcome the challenges which had stopped this sort of finance being available previously: namely having the wrong tolerance for risk, uneconomic […]
The latest of our quarterly dashboards covers the period up to and including April to June 2017. Here we share the headlines. The Growth Fund (Dashboard Part 1) The Growth Fund funds organisations to make small loans to charities and social enterprises. At the end of June, five social investment funds were open and […]
A new fund hits the circuit The Connect Fund was born this spring. The fourth young fund in the Access Foundation stable, it has slowly found its legs, teetered around the field, and poked its nose into the social investment market. The initial task was to map and consult with many social investment actors to […]
One year on since the launch of the Growth Fund’s first social investment fund, we reflect on what we have learned so far. Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions about the financial and social impact of the loans, just collecting and collating the early data has taught us a lot already… It’s been […]
Last week I attended a meeting of the Social Investment Research Council, (SIRC). This is a group of funders who commission research relating directly or indirectly to social investment, brought together and managed by colleagues at Big Society Capital (BSC). We meet around 4 times a year, to discuss current projects, explore common areas of interest […]
How many times have you heard the expression ‘we don’t want this research to just sit on the shelf’? Sometimes people add something along the lines of ‘gathering dust’ for extra effect. But what’s behind it never changes – we want the research to be listened to, acted on. We researchers want our work to […]
In my previous post, I presented some initial themes coming out of the feedback we gathered on how we should develop our capacity building activities from 2018 onwards. Our online form closed last week, and I’m pleased to say we had a number of really thoughtful submissions before the shutter fell. You can read all of […]