Our approach to blended finance

Combining capital for maximum impact

We are keen to make social investment accessible and useful – both to a broad range of front-line organisations and investors alike. Blended finance, bringing together different kinds of capital from various partners, is one tool we can use to achieve this goal. Since we began ten years ago, we have been working to build blended capital structures and support the provision of blended finance products - including supporting the creation of Access (The Foundation for Social Investment) in 2014. To date, we have committed over £148 million in 33 blended finance funds, making over £270 million available to social purpose organisations.

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  • £148m+ committed to blended finance funds
  • 33 number of blended finance funds we have invested in
  • £270m made available to social purpose organisations using blended finance

What is blended finance?

There are different types of capital, resources and support that can contribute to solutions for some of society’s biggest challenges through a range of frontline enterprises. These resources come from multiple stakeholders with different requirements on their capital but with common impact objectives. Blended finance is an approach to finding the right mix of these resources to enable the greatest level of social impact.

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Timeline of blended finance at Big Society Capital

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Join the conversation

On 27th and 28th March 2023 we hosted a two-day workshop event alongside partners Access and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) to kickstart the conversation on how we use blended finance to enable social and environmental impact.

Bringing together different stakeholders is key to understanding how we can meet individual organisational needs; ultimately enabling us to achieve our collective purpose of creating more impact. We are keen to understand the barriers which exist for organisations when using blended finance, including the specific technical challenges that need to be addressed – including design, costs, pipeline, attracting capital and different impact requirements. Get in touch with a member of the team to continue the conversation.