CAF Venturesome

GETTING SOCIAL ENTERPRISES STARTED

A support package of finance and expert advice to help your social enterprise get off the ground.

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INTEREST-FREE SOCIAL INVESTMENT LOANS

We offer no-fee, interest-free loans of between £10,000 to £30,000, repayable over 2-3 years, which can be used for:

  • cashflow support to build the long-term sustainability of your organisation
  • development finance to help you grow
We'll also give you access to a bank of experts, and an experienced mentor from a leading local company, who can provide business experience and guidance as you get started.

Expert advice

Our mentors are on hand to share their experience and support to guide you and keep you motivated.

We provide funding for social organisations trying to make a difference

CAN WE HELP YOU?

The SE-Assist fund helps organisations that:

  • are based in Sussex, Croydon or Wales
  • have a clear social and/or environmental impact
  • have an annual turnover of less than £500,000 per year (over the last 3 years)
  • have, or are working towards,a sustainable business model

The fund takes applications periodically. Contact us for details.

What we look for

As part of the process we'll discuss your plans, current and historic finances, governance, management and social impact.

Not for you? See our other options.

HOW MUCH DOES AN SE-ASSIST LOAN COST?

Finance through SE-Assist is interest-free and there are no fees.

We also offer standby facilities and other forms of social investment. Contact us for details.

OVER 500 SOCIAL INVESTMENTS TO HELP CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS

We provided funding to help Ecological Land Co-operative support ecological land use

CASE STUDY

Ecological Land 
Co-operative

  • Environment
  • £23,000

Working to widen access to land for sustainable use by creating affordable ecological smallholdings.

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We provided funding to help social enterprises in Sussex

CASE STUDY

Sussex social enterprises

  • Community
  • Various

Find out how SE-Assist supported some pioneering organisations across Sussex.

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We supported Lyvennet Community Trust with funding to create homes for locals

Lyvennet Community Trust

  • Community
  • £330,000

Building 12 new low-cost homes for local working families on a former industrial site.

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TALK TO US TODAY

Contact our expert team for an initial chat about social investment through CAF Venturesome.

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