GET SITR provides free support and resources to better understand and use Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR).

It is a joint initiative led by Big Society Capital and supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport,  CIC AssociationCIC RegulatorCommunity Shares CompanyPower to Change and Community Shares Unit.

Levelling the playing field social enterprises and charities to access finance

Unlike more commercial businesses, many social enterprises and charities cannot access schemes such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to help them raise patient, more affordable and risk-baring capital. Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) was designed to help level the playing field by encouraging people to invest into social enterprises and charities by offsetting the risk to investors.

However, there is a danger the relief may be retired by the Government. This is why 33 organisations across social enterprise and social investment have come together to urge the Government to extend the lifetime of SITR.

What is Social Investment Tax Relief?
Charities & social enterprises

Charities & social enterprises

For eligible social enterprises, charities and community businesses, SITR can be used to raise patient and flexible capital to support your trading activities. Find out if you're eligible and how it works.


Professional advisers

If you're an adviser to charities and social enterprises, SITR may enable the organisations you work with to raise investment in a more cost-effective way. Find information & resources to help you support them.

For investors


SITR enables more people to invest in line with their values. Individual investors can receive a 30% tax break on SITR investments. Find out how it works and how it compares to other tax reliefs.

What type of capital can SITR raise?
loan or equity
Negotiate terms
Negotiate terms acceptable with your investors
Window of 3 years and 1 day before repayments start on the capital borrowed
Risk is offset
Cost of finance subsidised with a 30% tax relief for investors
How does SITR work?
News, blogs and events
Harvey McGrath, Chair, Big Society Capital
Action needed now to extend Social Investment Tax Relief so it remains a valuable tool at this critical time
Social enterprises and charities are on the frontline responding to COVID-19 and they will be on the frontline to building back better in the aftermath. It's clear that far greater flows of private capital is needed to support their valuable work. Big Society Capital's Chair, Harvey McGrath, explains why action is needed now to extend Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) so that it remains a valuable tool in unlocking capital for social enterprises and charities.