Big Potential

We are proud to be a provider for the Big Lottery’s Big Potential Scheme. More about the scheme below, and if you think it’s something that fits with your plans please drop us an email

About Big Potential

Big Lottery Fund’s new £10 million fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England.

Big Potential is administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Locality, Social Enterprise UK, Charity Bank and the University of Northampton.

A grant from the fund will help VCSEs, at the very beginning of their social investment journey, to get specialist and tailored support to become investment ready.

What is investment readiness?

Investment ready is a term used to describe organisations that want to grow and expand and who develop their capacity to the extent that they will be successful in gaining external (repayable) investment. This means understanding the requirements of banks and other financial institutions (investors) when you are looking for investment and it includes knowledge about how to develop business plans to secure external finance and communication with investors.

What will the Big Potential programme offer?

Big Potential will offer VCSE organisations the chance to consider the usefulness of social investment as part of its broader financing or fundraising strategy.

Organisations have access to a brand-new Big Potential website: with fantastic learning and development content and in-depth information on social investment including case studies, guides and a fully automated diagnostic tool which is a helpful companion to any VCSE organisation starting its social investment journey.

Interested organisations can book a place at one of our 17 regional events. The events will be held in collaboration with regional and local partners in venues across England over the next three years. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about social investment and if it’s right for your organisation. You can book a place now.

Become investment ready! Find out more
Call 0207 842 7788
Follow @ready4socinv
Register on the website to start your journey!

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