Since the pandemic took hold in the UK there has been a huge amount of resources and guidance published for social enterprises and charitable organisations. To help navigate some of the resources available we’ve compiled a list of those we think are most useful.

We hope the resources are helpful, but we can’t guarantee the ongoing accuracy of the information in light of the changing nature of the situation. We would advise you to always seek professional advice before making any decisions that may significantly affect your organisation now or in the future.

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In partnership with Supply Change, CIP hosted a series of Unlocking Enterprise webinars in response to Covid-19. If you missed the live versions, follow the links below to watch the webinars online.

Subtitled versions are available, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Follow us on Twitter @cip_impact for details of future events.

Webinar 1

21 April 2020, Finance & Funding Advice during Covid-19
Guest speakers: Neal Trup, Neal Howard Consultants & Ishita Ranjan, Good Finance
Duration: 60 minutes

Webinar 2

28 April 2020, Procurement & Contracts during Covid-19
Guest Speakers: Andrew Millross, Partner at Anthony Collins LLP & Colin Bates, Senior Procurement Manager, Orbit Housing
Duration: 60 minutes

Webinar 3

05 May 2020, Moving your business online during Covid-19
Guest Speakers: Dirk Bischof, CEO Hatch Enterprise & Rosy Banham, Coordinator InCommon
Duration: 60 minutes

Webinar 4

12 May 2020, Communications & Marketing during Covid-19
Guest speakers: Ella Wiggans, Co-founder of Good Beans & Simon Francis, Member of Campaign Collective
Duration: 60 minutes

Webinar 5

Thursday 04 June 2020, The Future of Social Enterprise post-Covid19

An interactive discussion with guest speakers Rachel Wooliscroft - Baynel Advisory, Sam Scharf - Orbit Housing, Lucy Findlay - Social Enterprise Mark and Robbie Davison - Can Cook
Duration: 60 minutes
Read the blog about this discussion

The CIP fund is open and welcomes applications for investment

If you would like to talk to us about a potential investment we are happy to arrange an initial conversation or you can submit an Expression of Interest application.

We offer -

  • Unsecured loans of up to £150k including the possibility of a grant alongside
  • Up to 12-months capital repayment holiday
  • 7% fixed interest rate
  • 1% one-off fee
  • Possible pre-investment support to help develop the investment proposal
  • Non-monetary support available alongside an investment, tailored to the needs of the organisation
  • We welcome applications from social businesses, community organisations and charities.

Find out more on our apply page

Supply Change has an extensive resource for charities and social enterprises on how to respond to Covid-19

Good Finance has put together a Covid-19 resource hub including funding and pro bono support available

Social Enterprise UK has a series of webinars on its website together with other resources and practical support

NCVO has a broad range of sector specific guidance in its KnowHow resource

Business in the Community has launched the National Business Support Network in response to the pandemic

Charity Commission has published guidance for charities during the crisis

Companies House has published guidance for companies, including the option to apply for a 3-month extension to submit annual returns

A rich resource of information on the Government’s response and support during the pandemic can be found at

There is specific information for businesses, including financial assistance such as the bounce-back loans for smaller businesses and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – British Business Bank

CIP Unsecured Loans of £25k-£150k with possible grant funding alongside

Good Finance  has a downloadable guide to funding during the pandemic and provides a comprehensive resource hub updated weekly

The Social Enterprise Support Fund has £18.7m of grant funding from the National Lottery to support social enterprises during the crisis

Grants onlineGrant Finder and Funding Central Provide extensive information about grant funds launched in response to Covid-19. National and regional opportunities listed as well as sector specific support.

London Funders have launched a new emergency fund to support voluntary and community organisations

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliatory and Arbitration Service)

Good Finance operational guidance and support

NCVO protecting staff, volunteers and beneficiaries

Information from the four CIP HA partners can be found on their websites. This provides information on their individual grant programmes as well as their current priorities and responses to Covid-19.

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is a platform sharing good practice and information about community investment within the housing sector. It has a range of resources and updates from housing associations about their response to the crisis

A suite of more extensive resources are available via Supply Change, Good Finance, Social Enterprise UK and NCVO