Forward Enterprise Fund

What we Do

We believe people are capable of transformational change no matter how chaotic their history. The Forward Enterprise Fund is a pioneering initiative providing loans and business support to charities and enterprises that help break the cycle of crime or addiction through employment. The Fund is a partnership between Social Investment Business, one of the UK’s largest social investors and The Forward Trust, a leading rehabilitation social business.
Business Support
Crowdfunder Support
Who we support

The Forward Enterprise Fund supports enterprises and charities run by, or creating employment opportunities for, ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction. Eligible applicants can benefit from a tailored mix of support to help grow their business.

Just starting your business? If you are a start-up or if you have a bright idea, you can apply for professional business advice to help you develop your plans and accelerate your launch. If suitable, you can also access support to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder with match funding available from The Forward Trust

Have paying clients and wish to grow your business? You can apply to access business advice and support to work with you to grow your business or to get your business ready to take the next step and to help create new job opportunities. The fund also offers loans with flexible terms.

Are you a charity or social enterprises that employs ex-offenders or people in recovery? You can access a tailored mix of support, to meet your project’s needs, to help you expand income generating activity to create more jobs.

The Problem




Over 80% of ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction feel motivated to work.
3 out of 4 ex-offenders or people in recovery from addiction feel they will be turned down for work by disclosing their past.
Re-offending costs the UK £15 billion each year.
Our Solution

The Forward Enterprise Fund wants to support charities and social enterprises that are committed to increasing employment opportunities for ex-offenders and people in recovery.
To help break the cycle of re-offending and addiction, we want to ensure the organisations we support can be resilient, ambitious for growth and greater impact.
Ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction are motivated and capable of transformational change. By supporting organisations that share our mission, The Forward Enterprise Fund will help reduce the barriers to employment for ex-offenders and people in recovery.
This fund aims to prove that ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction can turn their lives around and become successfully contributing members of society.
- Mike Trace, CEO, The Forward Trust
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