Building the pipeline for the growth fund

Our research for the Access Foundation to help them build the pipeline for the Growth Fund, which is designed to provide early stage finance for charities and social enterprises that have not have taken on social investment before.

Access – The Foundation for Social Investment was established to bridge the gap in the social investment market so that suitable finance and support is available to social enterprises and charities which are new to social investment.

Access commissioned NPC to assess the potential pipeline for its Growth Fund to inform outreach and support work.

The two key areas of focus were who might apply for the Growth Fund and what help and support they need to do so.

Our research identified the capabilities needed, the opportunities available and also the barriers and issues facing both potential loan providers and social enterprises and charities.

We developed recommendations to overcome these and prioritised what work the Access Foundation should take forward.

Read a blog about this research from Seb Elsworth, Chief Executive of the Access Foundation here.