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Arts Council

Arts Council champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

We invest in art and culture for a lasting return. We’re looking for organisations, artists, events, initiatives and others to apply for our funding and help us achieve our mission of great art and culture for everyone.

Charity Bank

We were founded to support charities with loans that they couldn’t find elsewhere and to show people how their savings could be invested ethically and in ways that would make them happy.
If you’re looking for a loan to help further your social mission, you’re in the right place.
We lend to charities, social enterprises and other organisations where the loan is being used for a social purpose.

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

BGF helps ambitious companies to think big and succeed. An established, independent company, we have an extraordinary team and £2.5bn to make long-term equity investments in early-stage, established and listed companies. BGF was established to help Britain’s growing smaller and medium sized businesses. Backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered BGF. 

Solent Prosperity Fund: Start Up Solent

If you are setting out on that journey with ambitions to run your own business, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is here to help. We can help you access a comprehensive range of assistance, including grant aid, loans, investment support, networking and pointers to other dedicated sources of help. We want to hear from you if are a start-up with a business plan predicated on high growth and you are in search of advice and support on capital investment.