GM Social Investment

Growing great ideas for good

Social investment is the use of different forms of finance to help community groups, charities and social enterprises (including new organisations) achieve a social purpose. Whether you address social needs, strengthen communities, improve people’s life chances, enhance culture or protect the environment - if your business trades (or aims to trade) for the common good, or is looking to create community assets, we could have an opportunity for you.

Social investment is not suitable for everyone, and it should be considered alongside other options. It’s important to look at the range of finance options available to your charity or social enterprise before deciding. For a full explanation of different forms of social investment visit Good Finance.

Social investment may include an element of grant funding but normally it will require repayment on an agreed basis.

We want to help you finance your own initiatives that will kick start growth. This could include:

  • Community owned housing

  • Community sports facilities   

  • Increasing production

  • Growing your customer base

  • Improving marketing

  • Purchase of equipment

  • Hiring new staff

  • Developing new products

Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Current funds available through GM Social Investment

Access to Growth

Loans between £10,000 and £50,000 for small and very small social enterprises and trading charities

Resonance Community Developers Fund

Loans up to a maximum of £3m for projects looking to develop community led and owned assets

Proper Good Social Investments (Local Access Partnership)

Loans for social organisations based in Wigan, Stockport, Oldham and Bolton


If our current funds don’t suit your needs please contact the Social Enterprise team as we may be aware of other funding options. 

 0161 277 1007 

Past funds delivered through GM Social Investment

Emergency Investment Fund

Loans for Social Enterprises, Charities and Community Businesses impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Closed 16th May 2021.

How can you get involved?

Check your eligibility and apply for one of our funds above