Access works to make charities and social enterprises in England more financially resilient and self-reliant, so that they can sustain or increase their impact.
We do this through supporting the development of enterprise activity to grow and diversify income, and improving access to the social investment which can help stimulate that enterprise activity.
Access will be around for a decade, but the need for this work will continue well beyond that. So our approach is to work through others to create partnerships which can outlive us, test and learn from new approaches, and generate knowledge which improves the work of others seeking the same goals.
We are entering the second phase of Access’s ten year life. We have learned a great deal from our first few years, and we are ready to make a significant and ambitious commitment to deploy the majority of our endowment over this main middle phase of our life.
Over the next five years (2018-2023) we will have three strands to our work:
Providing £40m to support a broad range of enterprise development activities in partnership with other foundations, social investors, sector infrastructure bodies and enterprise advisors. This support will help charities and social enterprises to earn more of their own income and specifically develop business models which can be further supported through utilising social investment.
Managing and promoting blended finance models which bridge the gap between charities and social enterprises on one side and social investors on the other. These models help make the social investment easier to find and more relevant for charities and social enterprises, and help social investment reach parts of the sector which are yet to benefit.
Learning from our programmes and listening to the changing investment needs of the sector in order to influence our future work and that of others who support charities and social enterprises; and building systems which make that knowledge easier to understand and use for the long term.
We were created in 2015 with the support of our founding partners the National Lottery Community Fund, Big Society Capital and the Cabinet Office. Responsibility for civil society within government has since moved to the department for culture, media and sport (DCMS).