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Arts & Culture Finance uses social impact investment to support arts and cultural organisations that benefit the lives of individuals, communities and society through their work.

We manage several social impact investment funds aimed at organisations in the arts and culture sector on behalf of our funding partners.

Our funds

The Arts Impact Fund

The £7 million Arts Impact Fund is the first of its kind to focus on the social, artistic and financial return created by arts-based organisations. It provides repayable finance between £150,000 and £600,000 to arts organisations in England with ambitions to grow, achieve great artistic quality and have a positive impact on society.

More information on the Arts Impact Fund

Cultural Impact Development Fund

The new £3.6 million Cultural Impact Development Fund offers small-scale repayable finance between £25,000 and £150,0000 to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations that are committed to improving the quality of their impact practice and evaluation and could benefit from external support with this.

More information on the Cultural Impact Development Fund

Why we do this

We believe that arts and culture play an essential role in our everyday lives, in the forging and understanding of our identity and in growing the UK’s economy. They inspire, challenge and educate us.

As part of the economy, the arts and cultural sector drives growth, creates job opportunities and generates valuable income for our communities.

We also recognise the power of arts and culture to transform people’s lives and be an instrument of social change. There are shining examples of how arts and cultural organisations engage some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities and help tackle deeply entrenched social problems.

Our vision for arts and culture

  • We live in a society where a diverse and sustainable arts and culture sector enriches people’s lives through motivating cultural engagement and participation and using the power of arts and culture to change lives.
  • Arts and cultural organisations are able to articulate more clearly the positive social change they are uniquely placed to have on individuals and communities.
  • The social impact of arts and cultural organisations grows as a result of a new impact culture.
  • The public at large understand the value of arts and cultural organisations.
  • Motivated repayable finance is an established, widely accepted and used form of financial support for arts and cultural organisations.
  • Arts and cultural organisations are resilient and thriving, free to plan their future and take autonomous risk with impact and programming strategy and practice.

Get in touch

If you are an arts or cultural organisation interested in exploring social impact investment or taking on repayable finance to develop a new venture, grow an existing strand of work or invest in your asset base, contact us at: [email protected]

Team

Fran Sanderson

Fran Sanderson

Fran Sanderson

Director of Arts Programmes and Investments

Alongside heading up the Arts, Culture and Creativity team, Fran also has primary responsibility for the Arts Impact Fund.

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Seva Phillips

Seva Phillips

Seva Phillips

Head of Arts & Culture Finance

Seva is responsible for Nesta's social impact investment work in the arts, culture and creative industries

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Trishna Nath

Trishna Nath

Trishna Nath

Investment Manager

Trishna joins the Arts and Culture Finance team as Investment Manager for the Cultural Impact Development Fund (CIDF)

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Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong

Impact Manager

Melissa is an Impact Manager on the Cultural Impact Development Fund.

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Svetlana Karadimova

Svetlana Karadimova

Svetlana Karadimova

Assistant Programme Manager for Arts Impact Fund

Svetlana is Assistant Programme Manager for Arts Impact Fund, part of Nesta's Innovation Lab.

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Rachael Bull

Rachael Bull

Rachael Bull

Assistant Programme Manager

Rachael is the Assistant Programme Manager for Arts, Culture and Creative Economy.

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