Our investment portfolio

Our investments are helping social sector organisations make a difference all over the country.

The following is a list of our investments to-date:

Adoption Social Impact Bond

Improving adoption placements

Targeted interventions to support families adopting harder to place young people.

Affordable Homes Rental Fund

Homes for local people

Providing properties for local communities to rent at affordable prices.

Big Issue Invest

Helping the financially excluded

Investment in East Lancs Moneyline, the largest personal lending Community Development Finance Institution in the UK.

Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund

Finance for payment-by-results

Support for social sector organisations that deliver services designed to improve social outcomes through payment-by-results contracts.

Charity Bank

Supporting social banking

Support for one of the largest lenders to the UK social sector

Charity Bond Support Fund

Supporting charities issuing bonds

Providing a backstop facility to new charity bond issues


Social enterprise infrastructure

Raising capital to support social enterprises in response to the expected increase in demand for investment from social enterprises.

Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund

Property for social sector organisations

Providing properties that enable front line delivery by social sector organisations

Commonweal Housing

No Recourse to Public Funds Project

Providing accommodation and support for destitute families and children.

Community Generation Fund

Renewable energy in deprived areas

Supporting disadvantaged communities to develop community owned renewable energy projects.

Community Share Underwriting Fund

Support for community shares

Backstop facility to community projects that do not manage to raise the target amount

Community Investment Fund

Finance for community organisations

Investing in community based organisations that are improving the lives of local people, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged.


Communities improving social care

Providing loans to community owned social enterprises that engage local volunteers to improve the use of personal care budgets.

DWP Innovation Fund

Supporting vulnerable teenagers

Five school-based Social Impact Bond programmes to support vulnerable young people to stay in education or move into employment.

Essex Social Impact Bond

Early intervention with young people

Enables Essex County Council to support intervention programmes for 11-16 year olds at the edge of entering care or custody so that they can safely remain at home with their families.

Evidence-Based Social Investments

Improving outcomes for vulnerable children

Big Society Capital has invested £350,000 into Evidence-Based Social Investments Ltd (EBSI). EBSI is an organisation seeking to provide streamlined access to social investment solutions including Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) for Local Authority Commissioners (LAs), focusing on providing positive outcomes for children in and at the edge of care.

The Foundry

Supporting the social sector

Providing affordable office space to social justice organisations.

Franchising Works Licence Fund

Creating jobs in disadvantaged areas

Finance to purchase franchise contracts and enable unemployed and financially excluded people to set up their own franchise business.

Impact Ventures UK

Growth capital for social enterprises

Providing growth capital for social enterprises that will improve the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK,

Investing for Good

Building the charity bond market

A secured loan facility to support the underwriting of charity bonds and build the market for further bond issues by charities and social enterprises.

Local Solutions

Supporting homeless young people

Intensive support services for vulnerable, homeless young people who are not in education, employment or training.

Nesta Impact Investment Fund

Technology and innovation

Investing in social enterprises that use technology and innovation to solve social issues.

North East Social Investment Fund

Regional fund

Regional social investment fund providing investment to VCSE organisations in the North East.

Pure Leapfrog

Pure Leapfrog Community Energy Fund

Providing finance for community energy projects in deprived communities.

Real Lettings Property Fund LP

Accommodation for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness

Providing safe, secure, long term transitional accommodation to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

Shared Lives Incubator

Support for disabled people

Community-based alternative to care homes for disabled adults in need of support.

Social Growth Fund

Finance for Scottish communities

Facilitating the continued development of Scotland’s social sector focusing on funding and delivering projects that create measureable social impact.

Social Impact Accelerator

Finance for charities

Funding for ambitious regulated social sector organisations,including those who do not qualify for traditional secured lending.

Social Stock Exchange

Developing market infrastructure

Connecting social impact businesses with investors looking to generate social or environmental change as well as financial return from their investment.


Crowdfunding platform

World's first crowdfunding platform for civic projects

Technology Spin-out Fund

Technology fund

Provides public sector spin-outs with loans for technology

Third Sector Loan Fund

Loan fund

Prodiving loans to charities and community interest companies

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