Investment funds & programmes

We understand the challenges faced by the social impact sector and therefore offer wrap-around support to many of our investments, which can include a dedicated account manager understanding your organisation, grant funding supporting your organisation to become investment-ready and mentoring expertise.

Big Issue Invest provides loan finance to England-based social enterprises and charities. Since 2005 we have made over 550 investments to the value of £80 million. We currently manage £39.7 million in funds in over 184 organisations. We offer social enterprises and charities a range of repayable finance options, from loans as small as £20,000 to larger investments of up to £3.5 million as well as corporate mentoring and investment programmes designed for early-stage social businesses. 

Find out more about our programmes and funds currently open to new applications

Big Issue Invest provides loan finance to social enterprises and charities through various programmes, with finance provided by partners including Access, the Foundation for Social Investment, The National Lottery Community Fund and Big Society Capital. 

  • Loan finance between £20,000 to £150,000 
  • Flexible term 
  • Loans are unsecured 

Make big savings from small loans.

At Big Issue Invest, we have a long track record of providing loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy installation.  We offer finance for a range of projects, from insulation and door and window upgrades, through to renewable energy installation. 

  • England-based organisations
  • Loans from £20,000 to £150,000 (smaller loans available by exception)
  • Flexible repayment terms
  • Loans can be unsecured

The Growth Impact Fund has been temporarily paused for applications.

We’ve had an overwhelming number of applications and therefore, in order to ensure we’re giving each application our full attention, we will be pausing the receipt of new applications until late October.You can still register your interest by filling out the form below. We will be in contact with you, as soon as we reopen applications.

Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and Shift partnered to create a £25M fund designed to address the structural barriers that diverse social enterprises face. The Growth Impact Fund, has invested in 50-60 ventures, focusing on diverse-led social enterprises tackling inequality in the UK. 

  • Loans, equity and equity-like investment 
  • With wrap-around support 
  • Typical investment range £50,000 to £1.5M 
  • Flexible term 
  • Loans can be secured and unsecured 

To mark our new Arctic Monkeys exclusive interview, we’ve picked out some of our best band and musician interviews from the past, featuring Arctic Monkeys (2018), When Jarvis met Bowie, The Specials, Debbie Harry and more. Sign up to our mailing list to receive your free digital copy.