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Impact investment

We're committed to investing in projects that fund social and environmental change
The L&Q Foundation has been an active social investor since 2011. We have invested in community projects and partnerships through the creation of accessible grants.

With the launch of our L&Q Foundation strategy, we have strengthened our commitment to be a significant grant maker in London and the South East.

Impact investment is the use of repayable finance to fund social and environmental change - in essence it is the use of loans rather than non-payable grants to support community projects. The United Kingdom is at the forefront of this new space.

Below are some examples of our track record that show our commitment to innovation in funding social change. 

Real Letting Property Fund

£57m The Real Lettings Property Fund is the largest in the UK

Build London Partnership (BLP)


L&Q is partnering with small housing associations across London to unlock small sites and realise the capital's build potential through the Build London Partnership programme.

This partnership has recently grown from nine partners to 16, and is now open to all London SME housing associations.

Funded by the L&Q Foundation and the Greater London Authority (GLA), the programme aims to build 1,000 affordable new homes in London by March 2022.

The L&Q Foundation is investing £100m in the programme, with an extra £80m provided by the GLA. This will be used to provide affordable homes across London.

L&Q has created a new team - Strategic Partnerships - to buy land and build the new homes. The Strategic Partnerships team focus on small sites that are less than 50 homes.

The initiative will support housing association partners with the development process. From start to completion and then handover the completed homes at cost.

For more information, you can email our Strategic Partnership team at strategicpartnershipenquiries@lqgroup.org.uk.

1,000 affordable new homes in London by March 2022