Scottish Social Growth Fund

Debt fund supporting social enterprises and charities in Scotland to scale.

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The growing social enterprise market in Scotland has created many opportunities, but there is still a need for education, support and the availability of appropriate finance.


This fund investment builds on the success of the initial Social Growth Fund, making more capital available to the growing social economy in Scotland.

The fund

The Fund provides flexible and longer-term debt funding for social enterprises and charities in Scotland, supporting them to expand their activities and increase their resilience.

The Fund addresses the lack of appropriate funding for these types of organisations in Scotland, offering a range of different loan types up to a maximum term of 15 years.

  • Fund size

    £17 million
  • Better Society Capital commitment

    £8 million

Key information

  • Geography

  • Investment type

    Enterprise debt
  • Fund manager

    Social Investment Scotland
  • Investment status

  • Investment date

  • Term

    18.5 years

Sustainable development goals

  • 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • 3: Good Health and Well-being Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • 7: Affordable and Clean Energy Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • 10: Reduced Inequality Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns