Since 2017 GMCVO have been delivering our own investment funds funded through the Access Foundation, National Lottery Community Fund and Big Society Capital. To date we have awarded over 60 blended (20% grant and 80% loan combination) unsecured investments through our Access to Growth fund to social enterprises, trading charities and community businesses across Greater Manchester. This investment has enabled organisations to have greater social impact and become more financially sustainable.
This funding will soon come to an end, with the last investment committee to be held in March 2022. We still have some funding yet to be awarded so if you are looking for fast investment of up to £150,000 (you must be wanting the money in your bank account by the end of March) then we want to hear from you!
Whether you address social needs, strengthen communities, improve people’s life chances, enhance culture or protect the environment - if your organisation trades for the common good, this opportunity is for you. We will fund start-up costs, capital, revenue, growth, refurbishment or even temporary cash issues.
You can find out more details, complete a funding eligibility checker and submit an application form by visiting our website here.
Alternatively, you can contact one of our investment team directly for a chat about whether this funding is right for you and what you will need for a successful application.
Contact one of our investment officers before Friday 11th February 2022 to find out more
07900 615583 (Alana)
07917 325615 (Tekla)
Read a case study of a social enterprise we have supported with social investment - Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre CIC
Testimonial from Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre CIC:
“The investment from GMCVO made all the difference at a really crucial stage in our development. It gave us the freedom to press on with our social mission and focus on the work we do rather than the finances.”
You can explore an interactive online map of the wonderful work and organisations supported through the Access to Growth fund by clicking here.