How to apply

Big Potential had two diferent streams - Breakthrough and Advanced - which offer voluntary, community and social enterprises organisations (VCSEs) the chance to consider the usefulness of social investment as part of their broader financing or fundraising strategy. Big Potential Breakthrough is still open for applications. The Advanced route has now closed.

Is your ambition to raise up to £500,000 of repayable investment?

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. 

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting your diagnostic tool for Big Potential Breakthrough was midday on Friday 30th June. If you have not yet registered and submitted your diagnostic you will not be able to apply for a Big Potential Breakthrough grant.

The final deadline for submitting your full application is midday on Friday 15th September.

Click here for more information about the application process.


Advanced grant 

The final deadline for submitting your application was midday on Wednesday 9th August. This fund is now closed.