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CAF Venturesome


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

Get in touch About social investment

As part of our ongoing COVID-19 emergency response, we are now able to offer a new range of emergency, flexible social investments which include grants and 10-year loans.   

If you need any other support please visit our  COVID-19 Resource Hub.


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%)
  • Emergency Covid response part loan/part grant (Up to 50% of loan value to April 2021 in England only)
  • Charity Bonds
  • Social Impact Bonds
  • Quasi Equity

(We are able to offer grants thanks to funding from Access - The Foundation for Social Investment’s emergency lending programme for England.)

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


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.


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.


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

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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

Contact the Venturesome team

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CAF Venturesome 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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