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Social Impact

Social finance for social impact

It might be a local dance club, an allotment group, a neighbourhood coffee shop, or an adult education class – social impact comes in all shapes and sizes. The one thing that’s always the same is improving people’s lives, helping them to be healthier, more included, safer, more prosperous, or just happier.

As part of the First Ark Group, First Ark Social Investment is already involved in many projects that create social impact. We commissioned research into how social finance is currently working in the North West and what we could do to make it better.

Invest for Impact

Our research found that some groups aren’t aware of the social investment that they could access. It also said that many groups struggle to get ‘investment ready’ – meeting investors’ requirements in order access the money, and that investors often wanted to lend in bigger chunks than social enterprises needed.

That’s why we’ve created Invest for Impact and are an Access Point for the Reach Fund

It’s not just about money, it’s also about support every step of the way. We’ll help you get investment ready, then, once you’ve accessed the finance, offer support in order to help you get the most social impact from it.

We’re looking for…


The chances are you’re already making a huge social impact through what you do but need financial support and a helping hand to be able to do more. You may be just starting out and need a financial boost to realise your true potential. Whichever one you are, one of the team is on hand to discuss the options.


We want social success stories to grow. It might be a new idea that nobody has ever thought of, or just a way of doing something differently. You may even have a tried and tested formula and just need to do more of it. Good ideas can become great and inspire and help more people.


We want you to keep doing what you’re doing for longer. Social enterprises with long-term potential create the most impact by getting support to more and more people who need it. An investment that keeps working for years and years does more good that money that only makes a difference for a little while.

Still need help? Call 0800 464 0797

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