Arts & Culture Impact Fund

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Arts & Culture Impact Fund

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Arts & Culture Impact Fund


Key Information

Investment window: 2020 to 2023

Funding available: £150,000 – £1,000,000

Loan type: Secured and unsecured

Repayment period: Until May 2030

Interest rates: 3% – 8.5%

Fees: 1% completion fee
2% per annum, pro rata holding fee (when funds are held longer than 3 months)
No early repayment fee

Geographic area covered: UK

Background and History

The Arts & Culture Impact Fund brings together a mix of public, private and philanthropic investors – Arts Council Englandthe National Lottery Heritage FundBig Society CapitalBank of Americathe Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Freelands Foundation and Nesta. The fund is the world’s biggest impact investment fund for the creative arts.

The fund builds on the success of the Arts Impact Fund, a pilot initiative launched in 2015 to demonstrate how impact investment could transform the arts and cultural sector.

The Arts & Culture Impact Fund sets out to achieve several objectives for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors:

  • Provide organisations with appropriate and bespoke repayable finance
  • Develop the financial resilience of borrowers
  • Support organisations to better monitor, evaluate and communicate their social impact
  • Attract additional investment into the sector to help organisations thrive
  • Promote the wider positive impact the arts, culture and heritage have on society and support more organisations to benefit individuals and communities through their work.


The Arts & Culture Impact Fund offers secured and unsecured finance between £150,000 and £1,000,000 with repayment term available until May 2030 and interest rates ranging between 3% and 8.5%.



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