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.
The new Arts & Culture Impact Fund is our biggest fund to date and the world’s largest social impact investment fund for the arts, culture and heritage sectors. The UK-wide fund will invest at least £23 million in arts, culture and heritage organisations demonstrating a clear social impact. Socially driven arts and cultural organisations of all sizes across the UK are invited to apply for loans of between £150,000 and £1 million, with up to a 10-year repayment period.
The £3.7 million Cultural Impact Development Fund offers small-scale repayable finance between £25,000 and £150,0000 to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations in England that are committed to improving the quality of their impact practice and evaluation and could benefit from external support with this. Browse the portfolio.
The Arts Impact Fund was the world’s first impact investment fund specifically for the arts and cultural sector. It provided 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. Between July 2015 and September 2019, we committed £8.8 million across 27 organisations. The Arts Impact Fund is now closed for new investments. Browse the portfolio.
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.
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, please visit our website, contact us at: [email protected], sign up to the Arts & Culture Finance newsletter, or follow us on Twitter.