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CAF Venturesome provides unsecured loans and standby facilities from £25,000 to 400,000 repayable up to 10 years at one of the lowest interest rates in the market. In certain circumstances we can also provide a grant layer to our loans. Our average loan size is £100,000 as we focus on making small social investments into charities and social enterprises needing less than £150,000 of patient, flexible and affordable repayable finance.  

CAF Venturesome is the social investment team of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Our mission is to provide social enterprises and charities with the patient, flexible and affordable repayable finance they need to sustain and grow their social impact.  Since 2002 we have made over 650 social investments committing approx. £55m. We’ve supported hundreds of social enterprises and charities across the UK and overseas. 

As well as unsecured loans and social impact bonds through our Development Fund, we have a specialist community housing fund, the CLH Fund, and a place-based fund, the SE-Assist in Greater Brighton/Sussex, Croydon and Wales.

We are funded by individuals and their family trusts, corporate foundations and grant-making trusts.   All our funders embrace the concept of social investment as a way of maximising the social impact of their charitable funds.

We work in partnership with you to make the process as straightforward and painless as possible.  

Our experienced team, with backgrounds in the commercial, financial and charitable sectors, offers social organisations a great customer experience with a straightforward approach to social investment. 

Our Funds

Development Fund

Repayable finance from £25,000 to £400,000+ to help build capacity, or to provide cash flow support.

Social Enterprise Assist

CAF Venturesome offer loans of £10,000 to £30,000, repayable over 2-3 years. These loans are interest free and with no fees. They can be used for: Cashflow support to build the long-term sustainability of your organisation Development finance to help you grow