Are you interested in growing, developing and/ or sustaining your organisation?

A good place to learn about social investment is the Good Finance website resource that will help you to navigate the world of social investment. Here you can find out what social investment is, the types of social investment and who the social investors are.

It has a good, quick diagnostic tool that will help you to identify if social investment is for you and some great resources on measuring social impact.

The Key Fund’s online enterprise toolbox has lots of business support tools and resources as well as their latest news on social enterprise and social investment:

Case studies
Why re-invent the wheel? There are hundreds of great examples of charities and social enterprises that have used social investment to develop and grow their organisation. You can get some ideas for your business plans by looking at what other organisations have done.

For example, see here:

FREE peer support
If you want to better understand the opportunities and risks of social enterprise and investment then you can access a FREE one-to-one mentor.

See here for more information:

Social enterprise news
If you haven’t already subscribed to the Pioneers Post news – it has the latest and best news about the world of social enterprise and it is so well presented too.

Support to help charities and social enterprises to develop and grow enterprise models and access social investment

Grant funds
The Reach Fund is a grant programme that helps charities and social enterprises raise investment. This fund is for organisations who need some extra support to raise investment e.g. governance, financial modelling or business planning. To access this fund you need to approach a social investor and then complete a diagnostic tool. If approved then you work with the social investor to develop a support plan.

The Enterprise Development Fund programme offers tailored support to organisations that are thinking of exploring new models of trading to help them become more financially resilient and who require support to make the transition. The second round is going to be launched soon, and the themes are equality and mental health.

Further information about this fund can be found here:

Business support
Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE) is a social enterprise and co-operative established in 1982 that is the trusted organisation for co-operatives, social enterprises and community enterprises in Leicester and Leicestershire.

We support co- operatives and social enterprises to develop and grow and we promote co-operative ways of working.

CASE has been awarded a small grant from the Connect Fund to raise awareness about social investment, support groups to develop social enterprise business models and scale up, and access social investment. The project started in January 2019 and finishes in June 2020.

If you are a social enterprise or charity in the East Midlands that has a good idea or proposal to generate income from trading then please feel free to get in touch with Natasha Jolob, Social Impact and Investment Adviser on Tel: 0116 222 5010, Email: