Funding body launches consultation on £60m capacity-building scheme

Access - The Foundation for Social Investment is seeking organisations' views on capacity-building priorities for its £60m programme of grants

Access - The Foundation for Social Investment  has launched a consultation on its £60m capacity-building programme, which will give out grants aimed at helping charities and social enterprises access social investment.

The 10-year programme is being funded from receipts from the now-defunct Futurebuilders Fund.

The short consultation invites organisations to submit their views in areas including where there are gaps in capacity-building provision and what has worked well or poorly in the past.

The programme is one of two strands of the work of Access, which was launched in March.

The other is its Growth Fund, which will combine grants with loans for social lenders to offer investments of up to £150,000 to charities and social enterprises.

Access chief executive, Seb Elsworth, said he wanted the consultation to be the start of a conversation with the sector.

"Our capacity-building programme is an important long-term resource for the sector, during what will be a significant period of change," he said. "We therefore need to gather views from across the sector on what the priority areas for our work should be."

The consultation is due to run until the end of September.

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