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SOCIAL INVESTMENT TO HELP YOU GROW

We've provided hundreds of social enterprises and charities with the affordable loans they need to make their plans a reality.

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REPAYABLE FINANCE FROM CAF VENTURESOME

At CAF Venturesome, we understand the financial challenges that social enterprises and charities face.

That's why where other lenders may be unable to help, our social investment loans are often unsecured and are a source of affordable, flexible finance to help you reach your goals.

Take a look below at our current social investment funds. 

OUR FUNDS

Our range of social investment products means that we can lend anything between £10,000 and £400,000+ depending on the fund.

Development Fund

Our Development Fund loans from £25,000 to £400,000+ to build the capacity of high-impact social organisations.

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clh fund

Our CLH Fund offers loans and blended finance from £20,000 to £400,000+ to building affordable homes in the community.

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se-assist fund

Our place-based SE-Assist Fund works with businesses, the community and the public sector to help early stage social enterprises with interest free loans up to £30,000.

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Think social investment could be for you?

Get in touch with our team to see how we can help your organisation get started.

"The relationship with CAF Venturesome is very open, honest and very supportive. I didn't realise when I first applied for a loan that you would get more than just money."

Caroline Morgan, CEO of Local Food Links

Need extra support?

We are an access point for the Reach Fund. We can help you get a grant of up to £15,000 to help you prepare for social investment. 

Frequently asked questions

  • How does social investment with CAF Venturesome work?

    Here's our simple five step process:

    1. Get in touch with us via call or email. We’ll then arrange a time to talk through your needs to make sure social investment is the right option for your organisation.
    2. We'll look at your organisation’s finances and projections to understand how we can support you.
    3. We’ll meet with you and your trustees to get to know your organisation and understand your social impact.
    4. We'll write the application for you.
    5. Our investment committee will review your application and we’ll let you know our decision right away.  We will then help you to draw down the funds as soon as possible.

    We're with you every step of the way.

  • How long will it take you to review our application?
    The length of the application process depends on how quickly you can provide the information we require. We contact applicants quickly so we can better understand your situation and give you a clear indication of what information will be needed. On average our process from application to approval takes two months, although it can be quicker than that.
  • Who decides if I receive a social investment loan?

    We hold a monthly investment meeting where the applications we write for you are reviewed and can be approved by a dedicated committee. The discussion will focus on understanding the social impact of your organisation and how our investment will help to increase it, as well as assessing the financial risks of the proposed loan. 

  • What happens if our application for funding is unsuccessful?

    If your application is unsuccessful we’ll do our best to signpost you to other potential sources of funding that may suit your needs.

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