Irish Rural Link Presentation June 2011. In July 2006, the Government approved the implementation of the Social Finance Initiative. A not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee and having no share capital) A wholesale supplier of funding for social finance
Irish Rural Link Presentation June 2011
In July 2006, the Government approved the implementation of the Social Finance Initiative. A not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee and having no share capital) A wholesale supplier of funding for social finance Operates through Social Lending Organisations (SLO's) that it funds to interface with the borrowers. (E.g Clann Credo)
“Social Finance has as its prime purpose, care of people and communities” – Sr Magdalen Fogarty, Founder Clann Credo
Background • Formed 1996 • Not-for-profit - Registered Charity • Over €30M invested in over 250 projects • Fund size €15M • Funded by Charitable Organisations and Foundations by way of Investment (not grants)
What is Social Finance? Social Return + Capacity to Repay Access to Finance for: - Community & Voluntary Sector - Charitable Organisations - Community Businesses - Social Enterprises
ProjectsSupported • Social Housing • Community & Enterprise Centres • Sports Facilities (including GAA/soccer clubs) • Elder and Youth Care • Environmental Projects • Community Arts/ Drama • Accessible / Rural Transport
Property purchase, construction or refurbishment Working Capital Loans Short Term Bridging loans against future Fundraising Income or LEADER grants. Matching Funding e.g. 25% of project funding under LEADER grant funded project. Loans to purchase equipment and vehicles Loan Purpose
FinancialProducts • Amounts financed from €5,000 - €1,000,000 • Interest rates in region of 5% p.a. • Collateral may be taken as security (if available) • Terms of up to 15 years • Capital Repayment Moratoriums available for an initial period of up to 2 years
Clare Family Resource Centre • Community childcare facility • providing affordable quality service. • Project had good track record over • a number of years. • New Centre opened in late 2008. • Centre part financed under NCIP • Childcare Program. • Clann Credo provided balance of capital • finance towards overall funding cost. • Repayments funded from fees / grants
Lisdoonvarna Fáilte • Integrated leisure, recreational and community facilities. • Involves GAA, astro turf, playground, childcare and community hall. • CCL provided bridging and term facilities.
Kilkee Housing Ass. • Development of 29 social housing units • Clann Credo provide part of capital cost. • Repayment from rental income
Difference from Mainstream Financial Providers • Mission & Purpose • Value Based Use of Financial Capital • Attempting to meet the needs of projects
Difference from Mainstream Financial Providers • Flexibility in devising product for client • Access to other grant / loan funding • Track Record of almost 15 Years • Networks of Customers
Difference from Mainstream Financial Providers • ‘Unbankable’ Loans • No personal guarantees • Transparency of Relationships • Still lending !!!!!
Further Information • http://www.sff.ie/ • www.clanncredo.ie • http://www.ucitltd.com/ • www.socialenterprise.ie