How to apply

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

The application process

Breakthrough grant For organisations based and operating in England on the beginning of a journey towards securing investment, who are looking to develop a more sustainable funding model and be less dependent on grants but require support to do this. Applicants are expected to have existing products or services that could support taking on repayable finance.  Applicant’s ambition will be to raise up to £500k of repayable investment. Is your ambition to raise up to £500,000 of repayable investment?

Advanced grant For VCSEs based and operating in England with an ambition to raise more than £500k of repayable investment or win contracts of at least £1m. VCSE’s will have a strong proposal and be sufficiently ambitious to be able to develop a project of the desired scale in a set time period. VCSE’s applying to this route will be expected to have a sufficiently strong grasp of what it means to take on social investment and understand their social investment needs. Is your ambition to raise over £500,000 of repayable investment or to win contracts of more than £1million?

Be an approved provider Become an approved investment readiness provider to showcase your business services to social sector organisations. Big Potential is creating a database of expert providers of investment readiness and contract services. This database will be accessible to anyone visiting the Big Potential website and will be a shop window for approved business advisors seeking to offer expert investment readiness support to the VCSE sector.