Apply for approval

Interested investment and contract readiness providers will need to apply for approved status to participate. Applications for approval will open on 30 April 2012. 


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Just leave us your details to download the application pack. We recommend that you read the accompanying guidance notes before completing the form.

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We recommend that providers consult the guidance document when thinking about their application to the Fund. 

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Application window

Applications for approval from ICR providers and for funding from social ventures are accepted on a rolling basis.  The fund will remain open for applications from April 2012 to at least September 2013. 


The investor panel meets regularly (normally every two weeks) and we expect to be able to give either a decision or a request for further information for complete and eligible applications within three to four weeks of receipt of applications. 

Deciding when to apply

The fund is explicitly designed to encourage all applicants to submit when applications are complete and to enable The Social Investment Business and the Investor Panel to process them in an efficient and effective way. 

Announcing new providers

Details of approved providers will be added to this site as soon as possible after the panel give their approval and providers have returned a signed copy of the participating agreement which governs the ICRF s relationship with providers.   

Making an application

Application Form

Your application to become an approved provider will contain a brief description of:

  1. Services offered and expertise
  2. Relevant experience and regulatory approvals
  3. History of (a) investment readiness provision and/or (b) contract readiness provision in social venture arena or elsewhere
  4. Key personnel
  5. Outline of sample fees for services and any further details of success or other outcome fees.

Supporting Information

Accompanied by a total of four written references (of no more than one page) from at least three businesses/social enterprises/charities/right to provide that have received business support or professional services within the last two years. At least one venture reference should be for investment or contract readiness services and should include details of the services provided, the investment/contract targets and achievements and timescale.

One further reference from a funder, investor or commissioner the adviser has worked with in the last two years (other than The Social Investment Business).

Further supported by up to three years of annual accounts (or however many years are available) and copies of any relevant regulatory approvals