Financing change

Deutsche Bank’s social investing is putting the accent on youth.

As government cuts public sector spending, sports clubs, community organisations and social enterprises working with young people need to find new sources of finance to survive.

Deutsche Bank’s social finance strategy is supporting Born to Be by making youth unemployment a key investment theme.

Impact Investment Fund

The bank’s £10m Impact Investment Fund provides finance via intermediaries with the aim of generating both social impact and financial return. A significant portion of the portfolio will be dedicated to social enterprises working with disadvantaged young people. The bank takes a seat on fund advisory boards to have a say in how funds are invested.

Organisations may not be ready for investment. Through input on strategy, governance, business planning and financial management, Deutsche business mentors can help them follow a more sustainable path.

Small Grants Fund

Grants are often the only source of financial support grassroots organisations can access. These groups provide an invaluable service within their communities, addressing local needs directly. The Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund provides grants to local community groups and small charities in London and Birmingham that help society’s most disadvantaged and communities on the ground by reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing.

Timescales vary and grants are not always available so please contact our community partner for more details:

The London Community Foundation:

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Latest News
September 25, 2015Deutsche Bank supports grass-roots educational youth projects with support from Donate I.T.
This week a further ten community organisations supporting young people aged 11-18 received funding from the Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund, as part of Born to Be, the Bank’s youth engagement programme.  Read more

May 26, 2015Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund 2015 opens for applications
Applications for the Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund (DBSGF) open today.  Read more

February 26, 2015The importance of Social Investment in the UK
Watch a film featuring Colin Grassie to find out Read more

October 01, 2014Thirty grass root charities benefit from latest round of Deutsche Bank Small Grants fund awards
Last week, thirty small charities were told the good news that they had been successful in their application for funding from the Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund. Read more

April 14, 2014Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund: Grassroots funding now available
Support for local initiatives through the Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund. Read more

October 08, 2013Deutsche Bank: Making a big impact in local communities
Support for grassroots initiatives through the Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund. Read more

June 10, 2013Colin Grassie addresses the G8 conference on social impact investment
The CEO of Deutsche Bank UK and member of the GEC discusses the Bank’s initiatives and achievements. Read more


The Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund has distributed over £640,000 through 166 grants since 2006.

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The Deutsche Bank Impact Investment Fund I will invest £10m in UK social enterprises.

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