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*. 

Our range of social investments now includes:

  • Unsecured & secured loans (Loans from £25,000 to £400,000, repayable up to ten years at approximately 6.5%)
  • Blended Finance packages (part loan / part grant)
  • Charity Bonds
  • Social Impact Bonds
  • Quasi Equity

This social investment is for:

  • recovery from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 crisis
  • cash flow 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
  • strengthening social impact measurement systems and processes
  • supporting financial resilience strategies (e.g. acquisition of a building where appropriate)

Social investment is not available for:

  • Organisations that cannot demonstrate strong social impact
  • Organisations who can access bank finance or secured finance
  • Refinancing of existing debt
  • Grants only


Find out how much your loan could cost

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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 £ -

Eligibility criteria

  • 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.

This calculator is for illustrative purposes only.


Old Spike Roastery and Change Please are social enterprises based in Peckham.

With a social investment of £290,000 from CAF Venturesome, Old Spike Roastery and Change Please have been able to move to new premises, and train and employ more homeless people to work as baristas in their coffee shops. 

Watch the video to find out how we've helped.


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K10 Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeship Training Agency
  • £200,000 unsecured loan

Read this award-winning social enterprise's story to see how an unsecured loan helped grow its sustainability and creditworthiness.

Read K10 Apprenticeship's story

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Helping young people lead healthier lives

  • Young People Matter
  • £60,000 unsecured loan for working capital

CAF Venturesome helped YPM with an usecured loan to provide an additional afterschool club in early 2020.

Read on to find out more

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CAF offers a range of social investment funds lending between £10,000 and £400,000 to help make your plans a reality.

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