Big Potential Breakthrough: Year 5 Report

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This evaluation of the fifth year of the the Fund’s Big Potential Breakthrough programme looks at research results gathered from the first five years (2014-2019) of operation. For the first time, this is supported by the first batch of longitudinal data coming from those VCSEs that completed end-of-grant Diagnostic Tool surveys.

To date, 29 VCSEs out of 319 VCSEs that were awarded grants have gone on to secure social investment deals totalling £6.56 million, from grant funding of £9.45 million. £6.89 million was awarded across 255 preliminary grants and £2.65 million, across 64 investment plan grants. These deals were either community share investment or debt finance (loan) deals; and equate to 68.8% of the funding awarded.

With our partners, we will seek to use this information to influence and inform future work.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSocial Investment Business
Commissioning bodyBig Lottery Fund
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Social Investment
  • VCSE
  • Investment Readiness


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