Financing For Impact Fund

The Financing For Impact Fund is an R85 million funding vehicle for SAB Foundation programme Alumni, co-funded by The SAB Foundation, National Treasury’s Jobs Fund and Lead Impact Capital. It is a commercial fund with affordable interest rates and will be administered by LEAD Impact Capital. Loan sizes will range from a minimum of R200 000 to a maximum of R10 million.

Taking SAB Foundation Alumni to the next level

How it works

Purpose of financing: This is a loan fund where concessionary interest rates will be charged up to a maximum of prime +3%. The fund is available to enable SAB Foundation programme alumni to access growth or cash flow financing to take their business to the next level whilst contributing meaningfully to creating sustainable jobs.


Entrepreneurs take up the risk of building and growing businesses that help address various market problems in the hope of profit or impact in the industries they operate in. They are also critical and strategic partners contributing to South Africa’s economic growth and to finding meaningful solutions to the triple threat of poverty, unemployment and inequality that plagues our beautiful country.

Since 2010, The SAB Foundation has worked to facilitate socio-economic inclusion and transformation through the provision of SMME funding and business development support for historically disadvantaged persons. This is largely done through the vehicle of entrepreneurship development. To date, they have invested R534 million in grant funding, business development support and interest free loans to 5 229 entities. They are committed to walking the journey with entrepreneurs.

Criteria for Entry

  • Applicants must be alumni of an SAB Foundation programme in order to be eligible for the fund.
  • SAB Foundation programme alumni should look out for an email in their mailbox.
  • Unlike other SAB Foundation programmes, the application process will remain open until February 2025, which means alumni applicants can apply when ready.
  • The SAB Foundation, in collaboration with their partners, will host regular investment readiness webinars for their programme alumni to help applicants prepare for their application and increase the likelihood of securing the finance they need to grow the business.

Our Funding Partners

By partnering with innovative companies and organisations that share our vision, we’ve been able to multiply our impact.