Enabling people in financial hardship to receive super fast support

We provide a quick and secure platform for charities and public sector institutions to easily verify financial need, reduce fraud and accelerate payouts.


Our Purpose



Designed with our users, to support the people who need it most




Super quick, digitally enabled grant applications and delivery



Secure, modern platform with anti-fraud mechanisms, security and data protection

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Founded in the midst of the pandemic, we aim to help people facing financial hardship to receive support, recover from shocks and build financial resilience.

Our Digital Platform


Our Products


Financial Verification

Do you need to identify and verify people with a genuine need for financial support?

✅ First in market


Digital platform for charities and public sector institutions to securely verify financial need and accelerate support to those who need it most

✅ Accelerate grants


We reduce paperwork and administration by cutting out bank statements, speeding up the process so that your staff can focus on other priorities

✅ Safe


Financial information can be shared securely and we ensure it is genuine, minimising document fraud 

✅ Real-time verification


We use open banking to build an accurate and real-time picture of a person’s financial situation to help you confirm if they need support

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Making a Real Impact

Impact for our Partners


“Lightning is helping to transform our grant delivery journey by leveraging technology to reduce paperwork, increase security and accelerate decisions. It has been fantastic to work with the Lightning team and see input from our users, co-production partners and team factor into the agile process. We’re excited that real users have been able to benefit from the platform and can submit their financial details digitally in as little as a minute.”

Jo Kerr

Director of Impact and Innovation, Turn2us

Grant Recipient Stories


"The Lighting platform meant I was just clicks away from getting an answer and the money we needed to get through this difficult period”

Claire from Perth, Scotland

Turn2us Grant Recipient 


"...[Lightning] just speeds it up completely. It’s really really good, it’s really good. So quick.”

Tomris from Croydon, England

Turn2us Grant Recipient 

Who are Lightning?


Lightning Social Ventures

Founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lightning is a social enterprise that aims to enable anyone facing financial hardship to receive support, recover from shocks and achieve financial wellbeing. We have created an innovative platform which uses modern, trusted and secure technology to make the funding application process as quick and safe as possible for you.

ℹ️ Registered in England and Wales | Registered number 12670000



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Awards & Funding

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Nesta Rapid Recovery Challenge Finalists ('20-21)

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Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund ('20-21)


Global Goals Impact: Start-up Award Winner ('21)


Award Winner: Income & Work category ('21)

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Techstars portfolio company ('21)

Get in touch


To book a demo or to discuss how we can work together, send us a message - we would love to hear from you.

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