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.

  • 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
  • Banks: some banks also specialise in loans for projects that benefit the community
  • 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

CDFIs:

Specialist banks for not-for-profits:

Community shares: