The Thrive Together Fund will provide unrestricted funding to unlock the growth of small and medium sized charities and social enterprises.
This bold new fund is operated through a delivery partnership made up of Social Investment Business, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Co-operative and Community Finance, Fredericks Foundation, Groundwork and Homeless Link.
With £6m available, the Fund will combine grant funding with repayable finance providing a funding package of loan (75%) and grant (25%) to eligible organisations that are improving people’s lives, or the environment in which they live, in England only.
Through blending funding in this way, the partnership intends to expand the reach of social investment to smaller organisations or those based in disadvantaged areas, targeting funding where it can be most effective at promoting equitable outcomes, and ensuring that any interventions enhance the social and economic capacity of an area.
The Fund is supported by £3.6m from Access – The Foundation for Social Investment through their Enterprise Growth for Communities Programme, alongside a £3m investment by Social Investment Business Foundation. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provided the legal support to create the fund.
Rob Benfield, Director of Grants and investments at Social Investment Business:
“There are many internal and external barriers to the growth of small and medium sized charities and social enterprises. We are delighted to be bringing together such an expert and experienced partnership to help tackle those barriers, and to provide appropriate finance and support where it is needed most.”
Neil Berry, Director of Programmes at Access – The Foundation for Social Investment:
“Blended finance is particularly effective at supporting small and medium sized charities and social enterprises to increase their impact, build their resilience and reach more people, particularly in underserved communities. We’re thrilled to be supporting the new Thrive Together Fund – backed by the Dormant Assets Scheme - unlocking growth and boosting economic output and productivity in communities across England.”
Rick Henderson, Chief Executive Officer at Homeless Link:
“Homeless Link has been involved in providing blended finance options to the homelessness sector since 2017. Having seen the positive impact it can have on organisations we are excited to be partnering on the Thrive Together Fund to support more of our members to access blended finance to grow and develop their impact.”
How to apply
Homeless Link is supporting applicants in the homelessness sector to apply to the Thrive Together Fund. Please use the links below to check eligibility etc. If you have any questions please contact our senior investment and enterprise manager, firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a discussion.
Further details, including full eligibility criteria, product details and FAQs, visit: Thrive Together Fund