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Loans and investors

Loans can be useful as a temporary measure (for example if your funding or a large payment is delayed) or to start up business activities.

  • Banks: some banks also specialise in loans for projects that benefit the community
  • Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs): lend money to social enterprises, businesses and individuals who struggle to get finance from high street banks and loan companies
  • Community shares: some communities wanting to save a local service, like a shop, have raised funds through community shares

Where to look for loans and investment

Specialist banks for not-for-profits:


Also search Finding Finance database of CDFIs.

Community shares: