The Reach Fund

The Reach Fund offers investment readiness grants to charities and social enterprises who are already working with a social investor.

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How to access the Reach Fund:

The programme is managed by Social Investment Business (SIB) and has a dedicated site which explains how the Fund is structured and how the application process works and provides the latest updates and details on how to apply:

http://www.reachfund.org.uk/

Aims of the programme:

This programme aims to increase the number of charities and social enterprises who are:

  1. able to take on a loan, and
  2. are better informed about how social investment is relevant for them.

How The Reach Fund works:

SIB have appointed a range of social investors who are the ‘Access Points’ for the Reach Fund. They support organisations to apply for investment readiness grant funding.

When a charity or social enterprise approaches one of these Access Points for a loan, and where that organisations needs some support before they could take on the loan, the social investor will work with them to identify their needs, develop an investment readiness plan, apply for a grant, and, where required, direct them to support organisations who can help deliver their plan. The Access Point social investor may also help connect them to other charities and social enterprises seeking to take on a loan, as a source of peer support.

If successful in their grant application, the charity or social enterprises will use this funding to deliver their investment readiness plan. Once completed, they will discuss again their borrowing options with the social investor, who should then have more confidence about lending to them.

To provide a consistent way to measure the progress made by organisations, each charity and social enterprise completes a standard online diagnostic questionnaire, at the beginning and end of this process.

The below diagram helps to explain how the Reach Fund operates:

reach-fund-grant-administrator-diagram

Accessing the Reach Fund for ‘Access Point’ social investors

If you are a social investor interested in becoming an Access Point please visit this page: http://www.reachfund.org.uk/become-access-point

In addition to the Reach Fund website, you can find out more information about the fund on the pages below:

Why we have taken this approach

Quarterly dashboards (including latest Reach Fund data)