Social Investment Scotland

Let’s do good, together

We are SIS (Social Investment Scotland), a social enterprise and charity offering loan funding and business support for social enterprises, charities and community groups.

And we do this..

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We offer loan funding

We provide access to finance and support so that social enterprises can achieve maximum impact. Our loans range from £10k to £1.3m, with 33% of SIS customers securing loans under £50k.

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We provide support to boost resilience

We run projects, programmes and other forms of support to help communities and social enterprises grow - in size, confidence and ability.

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We believe in an Impact Economy

Our vision is for an Impact Economy: one in which social entrepreneurs, businesses, consumers, investors and government are aligned and take action to deliver meaningful outcomes.

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And responsible business by default

We’re developing ever-improving ethical business practices, both within SIS and the organisations we support. To do this, we draw on best practice in the areas of diversity, environment, people, community, governance and supply chains.

Our values

Impact

Along with our network, we’re building an Impact Economy

Our work has national and international reach, thanks to our growing network of customers, stakeholders and peers who are working alongside us towards impact-aligned goals. Together, we’re making a real, measurable and sustainable impact on people’s lives and the future of our planet.

This has helped us

Manage

£46m

In active loans and investments in 2022/2023.

Reach

5.4m

People who have benefitted from our customers' activities.

Engage

917

Attendees at SIS training events and webinars in 2021/2022.

Impact

32

Enterprises, people, and communities in all 32 of Scotland’s local authority areas.

Our Partners

It’s thanks to meaningful collaborations with expert organisations, including social enterprises, agencies and funders, that we’re able to run high-impact funds and business support programmes.

Our Partners

Big Society Capital
Baillie Gifford
Cemvo
Converge (1)
Inspiring Scotland
Peoples Postcode Lottery
Zero Waste Scotland

Building an Impact Economy

Customer quote

SIS provides a supportive and in-depth approach to opportunities, which will allow us to expand and grow to make our local community a better place to live.

Douglas Samuel

Chief Executive - The Spartans Community Football Academy

Helping you make a difference

  • Investment

    We support charities and social enterprises, including voluntary organisations, with loans. Interest rates are calculated on a case-by-case basis: one of our investment managers will work with you to assess the most affordable option. We are a social enterprise and charity ourselves, so all profits are reinvested into our mission and drive to support more impactful enterprises. Learn more
  • Support

    We connect social enterprises to expertise and opportunities, creating a growing network of people, organisations and communities who are all working towards impact-aligned goals. Our support might be a one-to-one or small group session with an experienced CEO of a charity or social enterprise, an online webinar or a peer-led group where you learn from other impact-aligned organisations. Our projects and programmes are varied and tailored to each customer’s needs: our aim is always to help our customers navigate challenges and give them the skills needed to grow and thrive in the future. Tell me more
  • Are you ready?

    Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your organisation is an essential step towards accessing social investment. Our free-to-use investment readiness diagnostic tool is a great way to find out where you are on that journey. Investment Readiness Tool

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