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- Capitalisation and balance sheet growth: core equity capital to build stronger SIFIs that are able to raise further private investment and so provide more capital to the social sector.
- Risk and working capital: acting as the lead investor in the developing and piloting of financial products and funds that provide risk and working capital to the social sector.
- Sustainability and operational growth: providing medium to long-term capital to SIFIs to enable them to achieve sustainability and scale, and therefore to increase the volume of affordable finance that they can offer the social sector.
- Market mechanisms and infrastructure: acting as lead investor and/or providing underwriting for the development of market infrastructure.
- Advice, skills and information: providing direct equity and loan investment to SIFIs developing and providing financial advisory/corporate finance services to help social sector organisations build the skills and capacity required to take on investment.
Big Society Capital seeks both a social and a financial return from every investment it makes, expressions of interest may be submitted at any time.
Big Society Capital is a new independent financial institution. It will invest in Social Investment Finance Intermediaries (SIFIs) that provide appropriate and affordable finance and support to social sector organisations that are working to tackle social problems in the UK. Big Society Capital will not be providing funding or finance directly to frontline social sector organisations, but will work through intermediaries.
Are you Eligible?
To fit key criteria you must:
- Be a Social Investment Finance Intermediary (SIFIs) providing investment and other support to social sector organisations that primarily benefit people and communities in the UK.
- Be registered and working within the UK.
- Have a strong management team and good corporate governance systems.
- Have a robust business plan and financial model with realistic underlying assumptions.
- Have a clear social mission with well-developed systems for delivering it and monitoring social impact.
Investments are made in SIFIs which provide finance and other support to social sector organisations that primarily benefit people and communities in the UK. SIFIs should be providing investment and support in the following areas:
- Children and Families - early intervention for improving the quality of life for at-risk children, young people and vulnerable families.
- Community regeneration - construction, renovation and purchase of community facilities and assets such as arts, sports, libraries, shops and community centres, including engaging the community in using, running and owning community assets.
- Disability - support for people with disabilities to ensure they have equal opportunities.
- Education - creating opportunities to improve the aspirations, attitudes and behaviour of children and adults through eduction.
- Employment - creation of long-term employment opportunities through training, skills, jobs and mentoring.
- Financial inclusion - providing credit, debt advice, savings insurance and financial literacy for those who cannot access mainstream financial services.
- Health and social care - support and services in the medical and health sector to improve access for the underserved.
- Housing and shelter - immediate and long term shelter and housing needs and specialist support services related to social housing and tenancy issues.
- Infrastructure - providing finance, support, advisory services and market infrastructure to social sector organisations.
- Mental health - services and support to help people with mental health problems.
- Young people and children - youth services and early intervention in terms of youth offending and rehabilitation.
Further information and case studies of the type of investments made are available on the Big Society Captial website
source 10 Downing Street 04/04/2012