Social Investment

Growing great ideas for good

Social investment is a form of repayable finance tailored to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, including community groups and charities, to support them to deliver their social impact.

Whether you address social needs, aim to 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, social investment could be right for you.

Social investment is not suitable for everyone, and it should be considered alongside other options.  For a full explanation of different forms of social investment read our brief guide.

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   

  • Refurbishing an asset

  • Growing your trading activity

  • Growing your customer base

  • Improving your marketing efforts

  • Purchase of equipment

  • Hiring new staff

  • Developing new or existing products

Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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We are members of the Diversity Forum: Together we hope to work towards a more inclusive social investment sector for all.

Current funds available through GM Social Investment

Proper Good Investment

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

Enterprising Communities Fund

Blended finance up to £100,000 for social businesses looking to grow their trading

Energy Resilience Fund

Blended finance to help social businesses reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs 


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.

Access to Growth

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

How can you get involved?

Check your eligibility and apply for one of our funds above    






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