Our experienced funding solicitors have extensive knowledge and experience advising co-operatives and mutual on the legal aspects of funding, grants and capital.

We provide borrower-focused advice for community organisations, social enterprises and co-operatives or mutuals in relation to funding, grants and capital. Funding contracts, particularly those entered into with local authorities, can be very lengthy and full of unnecessary clauses and legal jargon. Our specialist finance solicitors can guide your organisation through the process of entering into funding contracts and can negotiate the best possible terms for your organisation and advise upon their effect.

We advise on community share issues, community bonds and grant agreements, as well as the more commercial-funding arrangements with lenders or investors of all kinds. We can review your constitution to ensure that you’re able to take the funding that you’re seeking, as well as assess any community-share offer documents for compliance purposes. Our simple and straightforward approach enables us to provide clear and practical advice in relation to funding, even if this is the first time you've applied for funding, a grant or capital.

We make sure you understand the difference between the different types of funding, bonds, private placements, grants and social-investment opportunities available to you and work with you to ensure you are aware of and manage the risk of long-term finance arrangements. If your organisation is looking to invest or make grants, then we can advise on the requirements that you have to meet, particularly if you are a charity, including the requirements of Charity Commission guidance.

Our funding, grants and capital service

As trusted legal advisers, our experienced finance solicitors embed themselves within your organisation, working in partnership with you to understand your issues and find resolutions. We support our clients in all aspects of funding, grants and capital, including advising on:

  • types of funding, grant or social-investment opportunities available, including lottery funding and multi-partner funding;
  • bonds and private placements including negotiating, resolving public-bond issues and property charging;
  • community-share issues and community bonds;
  • on raising money on the capital market for housing associations;
  • partnership, grant-funding and social-investment agreements; and
  • long-term financial arrangements, helping to safeguard themselves against risks.

If you would like further information about funding, grants and capital, or how we can help you, please get in touch.

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