CAF Venturesome


A package of interest free finance and local mentor support to help you grow

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The SE-Assist Fund offers interest free loans from £10,000 to £30,000 which can be used to help you grow, become more sustainable or increase your business capacity.  It also offers expert mentoring to focus your direction and growth plans.

SE-Assist is for social enterprises, as well as entrepreneurial charities, meeting a local social or environmental need. 

The SE-Assist Fund is launching in Wales for the fourth time in July 2019 and applications are open until 27 August 2019. 

Sign up here to register your interest. 

SE-Assist Wales is managed by CAF Venturesome, Legal and General and the Wales Co-operative Centre, with support from Welsh Government, Business in the Community and the Institute of Directors.

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Successful applicants will receive a package of support including:

  • An interest free loan from £10,000 - £30,000 (with the potential to borrow more at 6.5%)
  • Support to improve financial management
  • Optional access to expert business mentoring support
  • Optional access to a range of expert support for organisational development
  • Networking with other ambitious local social enterprises

Even the process of application itself can be beneficial, helping you evaluate your current position with feedback from funders. Past investees are very positive about the process and support they receive throughout, finding it helpful for developing a robust business plan, which is crucial to the longevity and resilience of their enterprises.

We are very grateful to SE-Assist Wales Fund for providing loan finance during a very challenging period. We have used the funds productively to improve our commercial sustainability and maintain and enhance our community impact. The application process was rigorous but SE- Assist provided us with excellent guidance at each stage of the process.

Tom Whyatt MBE - Chair, Llanhilleth Miners Institute


  • You must be based in Wales
  • Have, or be working towards, a sustainable business model evidenced by trading and/or funds raised
  • Have a social impact that addresses a local social or environmental need
  • Have a turnover less than £500,000 per annum
  • SE-Assist uses charitable funds to invest in social enterprises. All social enterprises with legal structures other than registered charities can still apply but will be subject to CAF Venturesome’s charitable validation process.


Applications are open until 27 August 2019. 

Once registered, we will send you helpful information on how to write a successful application and send you reminders of the closing date. We will also invite you to take part in the webinars that we’ll be hosting during the application window, which will give you the opportunity to ask questions and help you to prepare your submission.

Shortlisted organisations will be asked to attend and present at our pitch day in Wales on 30 October 2019.

To access this information in Welsh and register your interest, visit the SE-Assist website



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