Loans to help you thrive

We know that obtaining loan finance isn't always a straightforward process, as many commercial lenders simply don’t have the appetite for lending to charities. As a registered charity ourselves, we understand this and take a different view.

Secured loans

Whether you're looking to undertake a project, purchase or refurbish a
property or expand your services, CAF Bank will work with you to understand your organisation and tailor an affordable funding solution that meets your needs and is appropriate for your circumstances*.

You can borrow any amount from £50,000 to £5 million with loan
repayment terms up to 25 years.

Social investment **

Our award-winning social investment arm, CAF Venturesome, offers short-term (up to 5 years) unsecured loans to charities, social enterprises and
community groups, in circumstances where most high street providers 
cannot help.

Loans are available as:

  • bridging loans to help manage your cash flow
  • working capital
  • standby money (similar to an overdraft) to help you while waiting for fundraising or other income, such as grants
  • development capital for you to invest in transition or growth

CAF Venturesome works with UK organisations operating for more than
a year that have a clear charitable purpose and social impact.

We offer loans of between £25,000 and £250,000 (or up to £350,000 in certain circumstances) and our experienced team will work with you to help decide the best loan arrangement.

Tools and guides

We’ve put together some tools and guides to help you make the right choice of loan for your charity.

Existing customers

If you have a question about your loan, or want to know what other finance options are available, we can help.


* Loans subject to accepted application and credit assessment.

** Denotes an unregulated product.
CAF Bank Limited (CBL) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered office is 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JQ. Registered under number 1837656. CBL is a subsidiary of Charities Aid Foundation (registered charity number 268369).


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Loan finance - are charities missing an opportunity?

Is your charity thinking about loan finance, but feel that you haven't quite got enough details to make an informed decision?

Some things to consider about loan finance

How charities can access funding

We spoke to CAF Bank to find out how specialist alternative lenders can use their knowledge of the charitable sector to make the approval process run smoothly.

Find out more about funding for charities

CAF Bank loans - FAQs

Do you have a question about the criteria for a CAF Bank loan? Do you need help with the application process?

We've answered your questions