The CIP fund remains open and welcomes applications for investment

We understand the challenges the situation may present and are keen to support where we can. We are happy to arrange a conversation and talk through potential options or you can submit an Expression of Interest application.

We’ve compiled the list of resources below to provide help and advice for social enterprises and charitable organisations during this uncertain time.

We hope the resources are helpful but we can’t guarantee the ongoing accuracy of the information in light of the rapidly changing 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 is hosting a series of Unlocking Enterprise webinars in response to Covid-19. We’ll be covering a variety of topics with expert guest speakers sharing advice and guidance. 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.

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

  • 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.

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

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Information on eligibility and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (“furlough”) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – British Business Bank

Provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

British Business Bank Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Good Finance – Provides a comprehensive resource hub as well as register of grants and emergency funds available to social enterprises.

Grants online, Grant 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.

The National Emergencies Trust has launched an appeal in response to Coronavirus to help those most affected

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

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