Social & Community Capital

We're here to support community-based charities and businesses

About Social & Community Capital

Supporting our communities

As a community venture, you can make a big positive impact. But sometimes it’s difficult to get the finance you need to grow. So with our strong heritage of supporting community-based businesses, we’re doing more to help.

How we can help

Maybe you need funding to get off the ground. Perhaps you need the networks or supply chains to grow and evolve. We’re there to support you at every stage of the journey, from starting up to expanding your impact on the world.

Community business loan

We offer alternative funding to business charities and social enterprises who don't qualify for mainstream loans.

Our community business loans offer funding from £30,000 to £750,000 with flexible terms and repayments holidays including access to sector experts. 

S&CC Coronavirus Response Fund

In response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we offered £1 million in grants to social enterprises and trading charities that employ people from disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.

These grants have made sure that these organisations can continue with the great work that they do.

The applications for these grants have now closed and the winners have been selected.

20th Anniversary Grants

In January 2020, Social and Community Capital launched its 20th anniversary grant programme, offering seven £20,000 grants to social enterprises, charities and community businesses around the UK.

This funding is aimed at helping organisations develop a project that creates positive impact for people who are considered vulnerable or marginalised.

The applications for this grant are now closed and the winners have been selected. 

Our support so far

In the last five years, Social & Community Capital has approved over £10 million in loans to more than 80 organisations throughout the UK. Our ambition is to increase the size and strength of this important sector of the UK economy. Here are some examples of the social ventures we've supported.


Vi-Ability helps to educate and inspire young people who are struggling to find employment, using different methods like hands-on coaching and sports business courses.

Harmony Community Trust

Harmony Community Trust is all about bringing people in Northern Ireland together – see how we supported their vibrant programmes for children, young people and adults at Glebe House.

Bristol Together

Since operations began in 2011, Bristol Together has developed more than 70 properties in the local community and supported over 60 former prisoners back into work in the process.

Campbeltown Picture House

A building of important historical and architectural significance, Campbeltown Picture House has been restored with the help of S&CC funding, creating a community hub as well as career opportunities and training.

Monkey Park

Monkey Park is a place for local people to come together, with a café, bakery, co-working space, activity space and bike workshop. See how our funding has helped them build their space and develop their business.


Crisis provides counselling to people in the local community with difficulties such as depression and anxiety. We helped Crisis to expand their service with funding for a new building to enable them to accommodate more clients.

Our impact report

We aim to provide access to appropriate financial and business support to viable social enterprises, charities and community businesses unable to access mainstream finance. Read our most recent impact report to see what we have achieved.

Our partners

We work with a range of organisations to help community and social enterprises. From helping neighbourhoods thrive to providing helpful facts and figures behind the latest developments, our partners could help you.


We've worked with ACOSVO for over a decade. Our combined objective is to increase knowledge and widen the networks for leaders in the Charity sector of Scotland.

Good Finance

We're listed on Goodfinance.org.uk, a website to help charities and social enterprises navigate social investment. Learn more about their work.


Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, always working together to help our neighbourhoods thrive.

NatWest SE100

The NatWest SE100 Index, data report and survey are unique. They provide the facts and figures behind the latest developments in the Social Enterprise sector.

Responsible Finance

We were a founding sponsor in 2002. Since then, we've worked together to scale up the available finance for social enterprises in the UK.


Social & Community Capital was a founding member of Social Enterprise UK and we are the principal sponsor of their Places programme.

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