Centre for Community Change

Change you can get stuck into

I stood for Parliament because I wanted to change my community for the better. Now, I’m building services to inspire – and support social entreprenuers. Here you can find some useful links

General advice

The Office of the Third Sector based at the Cabinet Office has loads of advice.

Money

The Government Funding portal. The online portal that shows various central government department grants available for third sector organisations, and allows you to register to receive regular email updates of new grant rounds.

Grass-roots Grants. Grassroots Grants is a £130 million programme that aims to invest in a thriving community sector

Big Lottery Fund. Distributes lottery funds to community groups working in health, education and environment.

Football Foundation. UK’s largest funder of grass roots football, the Foundation has delivered thousands of grass roots community football facility and community projects, as well as free kit and safe goalposts.

The Directory of Social Change is an independent source of funding information for voluntary and community organisations. They publish comprehensive details of funders, including charitable trusts and foundations.

V. The independent youth-led charity delivering volunteering opportunities to young people aged 16-25 in England

Adventure Capital Fund. The Adventure Capital Fund is an ambitious new style of funder for community enterprise, whose pioneering work is transforming neighbourhoods across the UK.

Big Issue Invest . A specialised provider of finance to social enterprises or trading arms of charities that are finding business solutions that create social and environmental transformation.

Bridges Community Ventures . A privately-owned venture capital company with a social mission. All the funds raised aim to achieve a social purpose as well as financial returns.

Futurebuilders England . Provides loan financing to third sector organisations, often mixed with grants.

Local Investment Fund . Provides loan finance, to enable community organisations to move from grant dependency and towards self-sufficiency.

Charity Bank . A development bank financing projects and organisations considered viable, but which are not always commercially bankable.

Co-operative and Community Finance. Co-operative & Community Finance has been providing loan finance for co-operatives, employee owned businesses and social enterprises for 35 years.

The Co-operative Bank .  

Triodos . Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage corporate social responsibility and a sustainable society.

Unity Trust Bank. As a specialist bank for social enterprises, charities and trade unions.

Community Development Finance Institutions . CDFIs are independent organisations which provide loans and support to businesses and individuals. This is the homepage of the trade association.

Venturesome. Venturesome is a social investment fund providing advice and capital investment to charities and other social purpose organisations

Directgov. The Government’s website has some useful information for third sector organisations looking for funding, including where to look locally, and information about the Big Lottery Fund and Grantnet.

Business Link. This is the national business advice service which offers support and advice to small businesses and supports social enterprises in their business plans. The website provides straightforward information for business, access to a wide network of business support organisations and includes a directory of sources of finance.

The Association of Charitable Foundations. The website of the leading membership association for grant-making charities in the UK lists useful information regarding various grant providing trusts and foundations.

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