Access has finalised recruitment into a first development cohort for our new blended finance programme, Flexible Finance for the Recovery.  The £21m funding for the programme comes from a total £30m dormant accounts allocation provided earlier this year to Access, and the Flexible Finance element of that allocation targets the creation of new types of […]

Access – The Foundation for Social Investment has opened an expression of interest (EOI) process for organisations who make social investments into charities and social enterprises in England to apply for grant to blend into programmes offering emergency lending to the sector. In May 2020 it was announced that Access – The Foundation for Social […]

Access – The Foundation for Social Investment is set to receive £30m from dormant accounts to create new blended finance solutions for charities and social enterprises in England impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, it was announced this afternoon. The £30m will be split between enabling existing emergency lending programmes to offer blended loan and grant […]

As the situation with COVID-19 unfolds around us, it is clear that there will be a significant impact on charities and social enterprises in the coming weeks and months. In this post, we share the response from social investors and Good Finance.  Social Investors Respond to COVID-19: our support & commitment We are all aware […]

Growth Fund reaches major milestone of being more than half deployed; Blended finance programme has transformed the social investment market over the last four years, making small scale unsecured finance readily available; Calls to ensure that the supply of this sort of finance continues once the Growth Fund is exhausted. Charities and social enterprises in […]

(Image from 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 […]

Local Access, the partnership between Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, and Big Society Capital, has today announced which six places in England will take part in the new experimental £33 million programme. Each place will receive a mix of support, grant funding and repayable investment to grow their local charity and social enterprise […]