Our Portfolio | Big Society Capital
Our portfolio
social & financial return
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Our investments are helping charities and social enterprises make a difference all over the country. Social impact report published by social investors are available here.

Finance for communities wanting to participate in large, professionally managed solar farm developments to then use the profits to fund local projects.

Backstop facility for new charity bond issues.

Bridges Fund Management

New permanent capital investment vehicle designed to provide long-term support for ambitious mission-led enterprises.


Big Society Capital has established a programme of initiatives with partners around community investment to support local businesses to improve lives and the communities where they operate.

The Growth Fund seeks to increase the availability of small, affordable, unsecured loans for charities and social enterprises

Residential property fund to buy and lease properties to Real Lettings, the lettings arm of homeless charity St Mungo’s. They help people at risk of homelessness to become more independent by linking stable housing to positive development in other parts of their life.

Growth capital for social enterprises that will improve the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK.

Investing in new affordable homes by working in partnership with local housing associations and charities

Fund to help the Real Lettings Property Fund model replicate nationally, beginning in Oxford, Bristol, and Milton Keynes.

Social and Sustainable Capital

Providing finance for social sector organisations that cannot access traditional lending or want access to risk capital to fund their growth.

Growth capital for social enterprises.

Facility to increase available development capital for larger community-led housing projects.

Charity Bank

Lending to small and medium-sized charities, community groups and social enterprises.

Finance for social sector organisations to improve social outcomes through payment-by-results contracts.

Social and Sustainable Capital

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

Specialist fund providing flexible, risk taking finance to charities & social enterprises delivering improved social outcomes through payment-by-results contracts.

Risk capital for social ventures using technology and innovation to support ageing well, educational attainment and sustainable communities.

Finance for charities and social enterprises in Scotland looking for risk and/or patient capital.

Finance for charities and social enterprises in the North East of England.

A £3m investment into Unity Trust Bank to provide additional capital to support the growth in its lending portfolio to its core charity and social enterprise customer segments

Finance to develop and scale community care services for people affected by cancer and those with long-term conditions.

Loans to community organisations in areas of high deprivation to pay for renewable energy equipment and energy efficiency measures.

Finance for charities and social enterprises in the Midlands and North of England.

A unique £10 million Crowd Match Fund to allow the public to invest directly in charities and social enterprises.

Loans to health and social care spin-outs for investment in technology to improve service delivery.


This investment has now been closed and is no longer part of Big Society Capital's active portfolio.


Provides properties that charities and social enterprises use to deliver services to people with housing and support needs.

Affordable office space for social organisations in Vauxhall, London.

Loans to Community Land Trusts and other community groups to provide rental properties for local communities at affordable prices.

The Resonance Community Share Underwriting Fund (CSUF) provides a backstop facility to community share issuances that do not manage to raise the target amount of funding they seek.

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

Growth finance to expand ClearlySo’s ability to raise capital for charities and business focused on impact and provide​ investment readiness support.

Finance for a housing project helping families and individuals facing destitution in the asylum system.

Patient, unsecured loan and equity into Capacity, a start-up organisation set up with a mission to bring public, private and third sector organisations together through a common goal: to rethink and reimagine how public services are delivered.

Loans to community-owned social enterprises that engage community supporters to improve social care services.

Social Impact Bond to enable targeted interventions to support families adopting harder to place young people.

Finance to enable unemployed and financially excluded people to set up their own franchise businesses.

Social Finance

Revolving credit facility investment to support Social Finance deliver greater social impact 

Investment in the largest personal lending Community Development Finance Institution in the UK.

Social Finance

Intervention for 11 to 17 years olds at the edge of entering care or custody, so that they can safely remain with their families.

FSE Group

Supports disadvantaged communities to develop community-owned renewable energy projects that create income for the community.

Equity investment into the world’s first crowdfunding platform for civic projects.


Support for new organisation aiming to accelerate the growth of the Local Authority-commissioned Social Impact Bond market in services for children in, or at the edge of care

Social Finance

Proof of concept fund to support the expansion of a community-based alternative to care homes for disabled adults in need of support.

Social Impact Bond to help young people improve their educational attainment and reduce youth unemployment.

Social Impact Bond to reduce youth unemployment by helping young people improve their behaviour, educational attainment and attendance at school.

Social Impact Bond to help young people improve their educational attainment and reduce youth unemployment.

Social Impact Bond to help young people improve their educational attainment and reduce youth unemployment.

Patient, unsecured loan to allow BBRC to expand its operations in delivering civic-led, commercially focused and innovative investment solutions that catalyse regional change.

Capital to allow Numbers for Good to meet its working capital needs and expands its operations so that it can help social enterprises and charities access social investment.

Mustard Seed Impact Big Society Capital


Equity finance to support the development of Mustard Seed’s member network and funds under management, increasing their ability to support high impact, high growth social enterprises.​

Social Impact Bond to improve accommodation and work outcomes for a group of young, homeless people with complex circumstances.

Revolving credit facility investment to help Big Issue Invest deliver more social impact across the UK.

Secured loan facility to underwrite the Scope’s inaugural Charity Bond issue.