Miscellaneous Services

 

HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs administer a Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR)
scheme jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The HM
Revenue & Customs has produced a guide to the CITR and a brief guide for
investors. These are available from their website.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/specialist/citc_guidance.htm


Charities Evaluation Services

Charities Evaluation Services have a range of resources to help you understand the
principles and practices of evaluation.

See www.ces-vol.org.uk


CABE

CABE work with architects, planners, designers, developers and clients, offering them guidance on projects that will shape lives. They give clients hands-on advice on ways to get better value through better design, keeping them up to date and encouraging them to take the best approach from the start. Their design review service shows clients what mistakes to avoid and what opportunities to seize. CABE works on behalf of the public to inspire people to demand more from buildings and spaces.

http://www.cabe.org.uk


State Aid Guidance

 

ABCUL Credit Unions

www.abcul.org

The credit union site for England, Scotland & Wales


The Arts Council for Wales

http://www.artswales.org.uk/

Is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.


The Architectural Heritage Fund

http://www.ahfund.org.uk

Helps voluntary and community groups to repair and regenerate historic buildings, with grants, loans, advice and publications.The official guardian of the built heritage of Wales. 


Big Lottery

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/wales

BIG hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery


Cadw

http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/

The official guardian of the built heritage of Wales.


Charity Bank

http://www.charitybank.org/index.html

Affordable loans and advice for charities and community enterprises


Coalfields Regeneration Trust

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/

Their mission is to lead the way in coalfields regeneration and to restore healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities.


Community Development Finance Institution

http://www.cdfa.org.uk

An investment body designed to tackle disadvantage and poverty through boosting enterprise in the UK’s poorest neighbourhoods.


Communities First (Music) Trust Fund

http://www.wcva.org.uk/grants/dsp_grant_scheme.cfm

The Communities First (Music) Trust Fund 2006/2007 is a pilot programme funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to assist small-scale, community based music activities in Communities First areas in Wales.


Communities First Youth Volunteering (Russell Commission) Fund

http://www.communitiesfirst.info/TrustFunds/index.aspx

The aim of the Youth Volunteering (Russell Commission) Fund is to ensure that all young people, regardless of background have an equal opportunity to volunteer.
The fund aims to build the capacity of local volunteer-involving organisations to engage and support young volunteers (16-25 year olds) within ‘harder to reach communities’. The fund covers the 142 wards, sub wards and “communities of interest” across Wales under the current Communities First Trust Fund.


Communities First Support Network

http://www.communitiesfirst.info/

im to offer on this site news and information about the Communities First Programme in Wales. We also offer support and resources to all people involved in the programme


Communities Investment Fund

http://www.wcva.org.uk

The communities investment fund is a new funding package that can provide flexible loans backed by the grant assistance, to social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations seeking to develop their income generating capacity.


Co-operative & Community Finance

http://www.icof.co.uk

Co-operative & Community Finance provides loan finance for co-operatives, employee owned businesses and social enterprises.


The Countryside Council for Wales

http://www.ccw.gov.uk

The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government's statutory adviser on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters. The national wildlife conservation authority.


Credit Unions in Wales

http://www.walescoop.com/site/template.asp

Good practice and technical assistance


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

http://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/index.html

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant making foundations in the UK. Fund


Finance Wales

http://www.financewales.co.uk/eng

Finance Wales encourages small and medium-sized businesses in Wales to realise their true potential for innovation and growth.


LankellyChase Foundation

http://www.lankellychase.org.uk/index.htm

The Lankelly Chase Foundation is the amalgamation of two grant making
trusts, the Lankelly Foundation and the Chase Charity.


National Assembly for Wales

http://www.assemblywales.org/

The National Assembly for Wales is the representative body with legislative powers in devolved areas. It has sixty elected members and meets in The Senedd.


The Forestry Commission of Great Britain

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/wales

The Forestry Commission of Great Britain is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands.


The Heritage Lottery Fund

http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/

The body which distributes a share of the income from the National Lottery to projects aimed at preserving and making accessible the nation's heritage. The Forestry Commission of Great Britain is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands.http://www.forestry.gov.uk/wales


Unity Bank

http://www.unity.uk.com

Providing banking and membership services to the trade union, charity, voluntary, credit union and membership organisation sectors.


UnLtd Wales

http://www.unltd.org.uk/regions.php

UnLtd is a charitable organisation set up by seven leading organisations that promote social entrepreneurship


Welsh European Funding Office

http://www.wefo.wales.gov.uk

WEFO is responsible for administering European Structural Funds in Wales.


WCVA Grants & Loans

http://www.wcva.org.uk/grants/dsp_grant_scheme.cfm

They give voluntary organisations access to sources of funding managed within the voluntary sector, strengthening their independence from other sectors. WCVA manages a range of grant schemes as well as a loan package that support local voluntary organisations, communities and volunteers throughout Wales.
Latest: More about the £13.5m Community Economic Development Programme here:
http://new.wales.gov.uk/newsroom/socialjustice/2010/101104community/?lang=en


Funding for social enterprises

Finding funding is one of the biggest struggles for social enterprise, particularly new ones or those looking to scale up. Below you will find a series of loan, grant, investment and other options targeted specifically at social enterprises or the third sector in general.

Banks supporting social enterprise

 

Charity Bank

Charity Bank is the UK’s first not-for-profit bank that lends to charitable organisations and social enterprises. It offers loans of up to £500,000, normally in situations where traditional lending from commercial banks is not available.


Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank lends money to organisations that pursue positive social, environmental and cultural goals.


Co-operative Bank

Provides normal banking services for customers but has specific experience working with co-operatives, social enterprises and small organisations.


Co-operative and Community Finance

Has specialised in lending to co-operatives, employee-owned businesses and social enterprises for thirty years. Offers loans of between £5,000 and £50,000, with terms up to 10 years, to bridge gaps created by delayed grants. Also offers loans on property and working capital and more.


Unity Trust Bank

The Unity Trust Bank provides banking services and support to third sector organisations, including bridging loans to cover delays in receiving grant finance or fundraising income.


Loans and mixed finance options

Note: Social enterprise loan funds, like the ones below, often only lend to those who have been refused funds by mainstream banks.

 

Community Development Finance Association

The CDFA has occasional grants to give, and will also point you to your nearest Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). CDFIs provide loans from £50 to £1,000,000.


 Local Investment Fund

Loan finance of up to £10,000 for organisation in disadvantaged areas which are focused on increasing social inclusion.


Ashden Trust’s Social Investment Fund

This is run by the Sainsbury’s Family of Charitable Trusts and has options including loans and interest free loans for a variety of sums. Recently gave an interest free loan of £100,000 to a fairtrade business.


Social Enterprise Loan Fund

Provides loans for charities and social enterprises.


Local Investment Funds

Provide loan finance to local community enterprises.


Prince's Trust

Offers low interest loans - typically between £2000-£3000 - for young people aged 18-30 who are starting in business. Grants are also sometimes awarded. Business support and advice is also offered through volunteer mentors.


Torfaen Social Economy Key Fund

Supports community organisations and people aiming to start a social enterprise with revenue and capital grants. Runs until 2013.


CAF Venturesome

This is a social investment fund offering support and capital for businesses that have been trading for at least a year. Packages of £20,000 to £350,000 are available in the form of loans and equity stakes.


Big Issue Invest

Provides finance for social enterprises in the form of loans, participation loans (where repayment is linked to the future performance of the enterprise) and equity. Cash is between £50,000 and £500,000, but for bigger amounts, finance may be provided jointly with other social finance institutions. No grants offered.


Impetus Trust

This trust offers ‘venture philanthropy’ – ie capacity-building funding. Funds may be in the form of a grant or loan or both and are usually between £200,000 and £500,000 paid out over three to five years.


Grants

 

Comic Relief

Has a variety of funds for organisations supporting disadvantaged people.


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

This is one of the largest independent grant foundations in the UK. Average payout is £50,000, but grants up to at least £500,000 have been paid out.


UnLtd

Supports individual social entrepreneurs with a social business idea. Awards are generally from £5,000 to £15,000 (but can be bigger). Advice and support is also given.


Communities First Trust Fund

Grants can be awarded up to £5,000 for any type of activity that involves local people from a Communities First area. Note: deadline for applications is Friday 31 January 2011.


Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Offers grants of up to £200,000 in former mining areas. Note: Fund closes 31 March 2001.


Sports Council Wales

Has a number of funds that aim to increase levels of physical activity and sports participation in Wales. Development grants of up to £25,000 are available and there’s also Community Chest, which gives up to £1,000 for physical recreation projects. The Sportsmatch Cymru facility matches commercial sponsorship pound for pound.


Big Lottery Wales

Grants from £300 to over £500,000 are available from a variety of changing programmes, including the Community Asset Transfer Wales, which closes on 13 March 2011. And, the Jubilee People’s Millions UK, which offers £20,000- £60,000 for community project. This closes on 4 February 2011.


Awards for All

A small grants scheme making awards of between £500 and £5,000 to improve communities and the lives of those in need.

Venture capital investment

 

British Business Angel Network

The UK-wide association of networks linking private venture capitalist investors looking to invest in new and fast-growing enterprises.


Xenos - Wales Business Angels Network

xénos introduces investors to companies seeking growth funding. In return for the investment and mentoring provided by the angel investor, the company offers an equity share in the business.


Frog Capital

Frog Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in British and European businesses involved in the field of environmental and ‘clean’ technology.


Crowdfunding

Barack Obama funded his election campaign through crowdfunding. Ie, getting lots of people who believed in him to give small amounts of money to his fund.

A small number of social enterprises have now started to look at crowd funding for projects – although often these will be in the form of loans rather than grants.
An example of a website which facilitates these crowdfunds is the Funding Circle, which has now given loans to 35 businesses across the UK including a legal services provider in North Wales.

To date the average loan size has been £30,000 and has been borrowed at an average interest rate of 8.2 per cent.

For more information on this type of funding, you could check out the following web pages: http://crowdsourcecapital.blogspot.com/ or http://www.nicksmith.co.uk/blog/2010/02/01/crowdfunding/ or http://www.clearlyso.com/sbblog/?p=545


Further funding information


Business.wales.gov.uk

The Welsh Assembly runs regular workshops for small businesses looking to access finance and raise venture capital.


WCVA.org.uk

The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) updates its website regularly with funding opportunities.


j4b.co.uk

Database for government and European grants for small to medium sized businesses.


access-funds.co.uk

Very regularly updates with new grant opportunities.


sustainablefundingcymru.org.uk

Extensive information on the types of funding available to Welsh social enterprises


http://www.fit4funding.org.uk/

Charities Information Bureau training and fundraising advice


http://business.wales.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home?site=230

Welsh Government business support


ABCUL Credit Unions

www.abcul.org

The credit union site for England, Scotland & Wales


The Arts Council of Wales

http://www.artswales.org.uk/

Is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.


The Architectural Heritage Fund

http://www.ahfund.org.uk

Helps voluntary and community groups to repair and regenerate historic buildings, with grants, loans, advice and publications.The official guardian of the built heritage of Wales.


Big Lottery

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/wales

BIG hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery


Cadw

http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/

The official guardian of the built heritage of Wales.


Charity Bank

http://www.charitybank.org/index.html

Affordable loans and advice for charities and community enterprises


Coalfields Regeneration Trust

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/

Their mission is to lead the way in coalfields regeneration and to restore healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities.


Community Development Finance Institution

www.cdfa.org.uk

An investment body designed to tackle disadvantage and poverty through boosting enterprise in the UK’s poorest neighbourhoods.


Communities First Trust Fund

http://www.communitiesfirst.info/TrustFunds/index.aspx?id=120

The Trust Fund is aimed at small community led organisations in Communities First areas in Wales and will support any type of activity that involves local people and of economic, environmental, social or cultural benefit to the local community.


Communities First (Music) Trust Fund

http://www.wcva.org.uk/grants/dsp_grant_scheme.cfm?display_sitetextid=64&grantid=27

The Communities First (Music) Trust Fund 2006/2007 is a pilot programme funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to assist small-scale, community based music activities in Communities First areas in Wales.


Communities First Youth Volunteering (Russell Commission) Fund

http://www.communitiesfirst.info/TrustFunds/index.aspx?id=632

The aim of the Youth Volunteering (Russell Commission) Fund is to ensure that all young people, regardless of background have an equal opportunity to volunteer.
The fund aims to build the capacity of local volunteer-involving organisations to engage and support young volunteers (16-25 year olds) within ‘harder to reach communities’. The fund covers the 142 wards, sub wards and “communities of interest” across Wales under the current Communities First Trust Fund.


Communities First Support Network

http://www.communitiesfirst.info/

Aim to offer on this site news and information about the Communities First Programme in Wales. We also offer support and resources to all people involved in the programme


Communities Investment Fund

http://www.wcva.org.uk

The communities investment fund is a new funding package that can provide flexible loans backed by the grant assistance, to social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations seeking to develop their income generating capacity.


Co-operative & Community Finance

http://www.icof.co.uk

Co-operative & Community Finance provides loan finance for co-operatives, employee owned businesses and social enterprises.


The Countryside Council for Wales

http://www.ccw.gov.uk

The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government's statutory adviser on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters. The national wildlife conservation authority.


Credit Unions in Wales

http://www.walescoop.com/site/template.asp?pID=1&sID=25&lID=1

Good practice and technical assistance


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

http://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/index.html

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independant grant making foundations in th UK.


Finance Wales

http://www.financewales.co.uk/eng

Finance Wales encourages small and medium-sized businesses in Wales to realise their true potential for innovation and growth.


LankellyChase Foundation

http://www.lankellychase.org.uk/index.htm

The Lankelly Chase Foundation is the amalgamation of two grant making
trusts, the Lankelly Foundation and the Chase Charity.


National Assembly for Wales

www.wales.gov.uk

The National Assembly for Wales is the representative body with legislative powers in devolved areas. It has sixty elected members and meets in The Senedd.


The Forestry Commission of Great Britain

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/wales

The Forestry Commission of Great Britain is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands.


The Heritage Lottery Fund

http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/

The body which distributes a share of the income from the National Lottery to projects aimed at preserving and making accessible the nation's heritage. The Forestry Commission of Great Britain is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands.http://www.forestry.gov.uk/wales


Unity Bank

http://www.unity.uk.com

Providing banking and membership services to the trade union, charity, voluntary, credit union and membership organisation sectors.


UnLtd Wales

http://www.unltd.org.uk/regions.php?ID=21&PageName=introduction

UnLtd is a charitable organisation set up by seven leading organisations that promote social entrepreneurship


Welsh European Funding Office

http://www.wefo.wales.gov.uk

WEFO is responsible for administering European Structural Funds in Wales.


WCVA Grants & Loans

http://www.wcva.org.uk/grants/dsp_grant_scheme.cfm?0=0&display_sitetextid=64

They give voluntary organisations access to sources of funding managed within the voluntary sector, strengthening their independence from other sectors. WCVA manages a range of grant schemes as well as a loan package that support local voluntary organisations, communities and volunteers throughout Wales.

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