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
Loans
Crowdfunder Support

Who we support

The Forward Enterprise Fund supports enterprises and charities that create 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 and access investment.

Just starting your business? If you are a start-up that intends to create jobs for ex-offenders and/or people in recovery, 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 support to grow your business or to get your business ready to take on investment and to help create new job opportunities. The fund also offers loans with flexible terms.

Are you a charity or social enterprise that employs ex-offenders or people in recovery? You can access a tailored mix of support to meet your project’s needs and 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.
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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