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Types of Finance Available

Social Finance

UCIT: The Ulster Community Investment Trust was set up to help finance social and community business and enterprise across the island of Ireland.

Clann Credo: Clann Credo operates across the Republic of Ireland and offers investment credit and loans to community organisations.

Social Finance Ireland: To find out more about the social finance available in Ireland, check out the website


The banks are always a place to start for loans for any type of activity. Many social enterprises are started from or develop because they trade like traditional businesses. The main banks are:

Bank of Ireland: Business loans are available

AIB: Financing available for start up and existing business

Ulster Bank:

Local Enterprise Offices

Check out the LEO’s in your area and make sure that there are opportunities to access grants and other financing. One of those is Microfinancing.

LEO Microfinance: With a partnership with Microfinance Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices are able to provide support for specific financing issues. Check out more at