Providing cutting-edge support and affordable loans designed for social ventures

Lending extended to January 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Cabinet Office has agreed to extend the active lending phase of the Seedbed Loan Fund to January 2018. As a result, we’ll be accepting applications until 31st January 2018 or until the funds have been exhausted – whichever date is earlier. Visit our How to Apply to apply for our programme. Alternatively, read more about the loan extension.

As one of the leading social investment programmes in the South West, we offer social ventures access to loan finance and equity investment as well as the support, advice and guidance they need to develop and grow. Seedbed is perfect for those entrepreneurs looking to take their venture to the next level. Over 50 ventures have already benefitted from our one-of-a-kind programme over the last two years, so we’re thrilled to be able to continue our programme into 2017.

Applications still welcome

Thinking of joining our investment and support programme? Visit our how to apply page to download our application form.

New for this year, in addition to the loan fund we have also created a small equity investment fund that can consider equity investments of up to £25,000 in 2017. Please contact us for more details.

To find out more, you can download our Guidance Notes