Big Potential from the BIG  Lottery Fund grant fund is a new programme that will offer VCSE organisations the opportunity to consider the usefulness of social investment as part of its broader financing or fundraising strategy. The fund will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) organisations with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of these organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.

The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment or winning contracts.

Who can apply?

Breakthrough – click to apply

VCSE organisations based in England who are thinking about taking on social investment and have the ambition to raise up to £500,000 of repayable investment can apply to the Breakthrough route.

Advanced click to apply

VCSE organisations based in England who are thinking about taking on social investment and have the ambition to raise over £500,000 of repayable investment and/or win a contract of above £1million can apply for the Advanced route.