Community Investment Fund


Open to applications

Value Notes

Between £250,000 and £1 million



The Community Investment Fund invests debt and equity into community based social and charities. The Fund’s investors are the Social Investment Business Foundation and Big Society Capital.

Extended Description


The Fund invests in community based, locally led organisations which are providing essential support and services to improve the well-being of local residents, developing the local economy and creating positive social change for all individuals in the community. The Fund aims to improve the quality of life of local individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to enhance community engagement and cohesion by empowering people to develop locally-determined solutions to challenges and opportunities.

The fund will make loans and investments totalling about £5m a year and will focus on organisations including those that provide health, social care, education and training services.

National charities will not be excluded from applying for loans but they will have to demonstrate a local focus to their applications.

Any organisation that wants to apply for funds will have to submit a business plan, which will be assessed.

Key Criteria     

To be eligible for investment your organisation must demonstrate the following:

  • Be a community led social sector organisation with a neighbourhood focus
  • Based and have operations in England
  • A clear social mission with significant measurable, direct outcomes
  • Strong management with proven capability to deliver
  • Robust business plan and financial projections
  • A clear demonstration of how investment repayment will be made
  • Good corporate governance                                                                                                                                 

Address & Contacts :

Their investment team are happy to discuss your investment needs. You can e-mail them at