Below you will find a list of finance and funding providers and support organisations. This list is by no means exhaustive and we have focussed on those organisations who have a particular focus on working with Greater Manchester organisations.

 

You can filter this list to see loan providers, loan and grant providers, grant providers or organisations who will help you access finance.

 

For a larger list of investors and advisers delivering across the UK, along with information on social investment, see the Good Finance website

Big Issue Invest
Impact Loans England: loans to social enterprises, between £20,000 - £150,000. Contact for enquiries: Natalia Fernandez - Investment Manager, 07940 323 385, natalia.fernandez@bigissueinvest.com
Big Potential
Breakthrough grants (£20,000 - £75,000) for help to raise social investment up to £500,000 Advanced grants (up to £150,000) for help to raise social investment above £500,000 or to help win contracts worth above £1million. Resources and information about social investment
Charity Bank
Provides loans to social enterprises to help further their social mission. Loans available: £50,000 to £3.25 million Charity Bank have a North West regional manager
Co-operative and Community Finance
Offers loans to the co-operative and social enterprise sector: normally £10,000 - £75,000, possibly up to £150,000
Equity Foundation
Equity Foundation Small Grants Scheme offers up to £1,000 to community projects and enterprises which are based in or directly impact residents in Stockport. The fund can support piloting new ideas to test proof of concept, events and small growth projects. The fund is open throughout the year and accessed by a simple application form. Applications are on a monthly basis providing a quick decision and turn around time. More details of the criteria and application process are available at:
First Ark Social Investment
Invest for Impact: Social investment for charities and social enterprises, including pre-application and post-investment support. Investment between £50,000 - £150,000. Up to 30% of the investment can be in the form of a grant. Available across the North West with a specific remit for Greater Manchester
GM Social Investment
Social investment available of between £10,000 - £50,000 as loan/grant mix for social enterprises and trading charities in Greater Manchester. Also provide referrals to the REACH Fund, which offers grants of up to £15,000 to help organisations get investment ready
Key Fund
Northern Impact Fund covering North of the UK. In Greater Manchester this fund provides loans between £5,000 and £150,000
Power to Change
Grants: Community groups with a community business idea - up to £20k; Community businesses - £50k - £300k Blended funding: Grants which, in partnership with social investors, enable community businesses to access affordable social finance loans Also supports community shares
Resonance
Resonance help social enterprises raise investment from investors who share their values - firstly through offering investment readiness support and direct deal arranging, and secondly through designing and managing Social Investment Funds. Resonance works across the UK, but has an office base in Central Manchester. The team is currently developing a North West Social Investment Fund dedicated to tackling poverty across the region through providing growth capital for high impact social enterprises. This Fund will use the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) to offer investment on a more affordable, flexible basis, and its launch is targeted for the beginning of 2019
Social and Sustainable Capital
A funding manager and also a social enterprise. Provide loans and equity investment from £250,000 to £3million
UnLtd
Gives grants to individuals that have great ideas for creating social change. Grants available through different programmes up to £15,000