CAF Venturesome


Providing social investment to build the capacity of high-impact social organisations.

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The Development Fund provides social investment to build the capacity of high-impact social organisations working both in the UK and internationally, as long as they are based in the UK.  We provide unsecured, but in some cases secured, loans and standby facilities from £25,000 to £400,000 plus, repayable up to six years.  This social investment is for:

  • cashflow support to help transition to a sustainable social business model
  • investing in growth plans
  • investing in a social enterprise/trading arm to generate unrestricted income
  • investing in a Social Impact Bond

We offer one of the lowest interest rates in the social investment market.

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Find out how much your loan could cost

Enter loan amount
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
Interest rate 6.5% This rate is subject to change depending on your specific circumstances
Upfront fees £ -

Total cost of social investment £ - Includes capital repayment, interest and fee
Monthly repayments £ -

Who can apply

  • Are you incorporated in the UK, even if you operate internationally?
  • Do you have a clear social mission?
  • Have you been trading for more than a year?
  • Do you have an annual turnover of at least £60,000?
  • Can you provide us with plans, financials and governance documents?

If this sounds like your organisation and you're looking for financial support, then you should get in touch with the team. 

Once we receive your email, one of our investment officers will get back to you within a week.

We'll work closely with you to write your application and, when we're happy with it, we'll submit it to our independent investment committee who meet monthly to approve our social investments.

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This calculator is for illustrative purposes only.


local food links

Local Food Links

  • Children and Young People
  • £425,000 (three unsecured loans)

Local Food Links used social investment to expand their kitchens and now produce 3,700 school meals daily across Dorset, using local produce and employing people in the community.

Find out more about Local Food Links

Chelmund's Fish & Chips

Chelmund's Fish & Chips

  • Community
  • £60,000 (part loan/part standby facility)

Working capital to open Britain's first community chippy and put the heart into a new village hub.

Read more about Chelmund's

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Meet the team behind CAF Venturesome

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Is social investment not for you?

Borrow from £50,000 to £5 million with loan repayment terms up to 25 years to undertake a project, purchase a property of refurnish a property, or expand your services.