Community Shares Booster Fund Continues to Support Community Businesses in England

Funder: Community Shares Booster Fund

Funding Available: £1,000 - £5,000, £20,000 - £50,000, £5,000 - £20,000

Closing Date:

Available to: Registered Charities

Type of Fund: National

About this Funding:

The Booster Fund supports new and existing community businesses in England that are at all stages of launching a community share issue. This includes the very early stages of exploring whether it is the right choice, through planning a community share issue to being ready to launch, or in exceptional cases, recently launched.

The Fund offers the following support:

  • Pre-grant support: A few days support for early-stage activity to get started.
  • Development grants of between £2,000 and £15,000 (maximum grant just increased from £10,000 to £15,000), averaging around £5,000, to prepare a community share offer. This support can cover financial planning, governance support, marketing costs and being assessed for the Community Shares Standard Mark.
  • Equity match investment ranging from £10,000 to £100,000, although the typical investment is expected to be £20,000 to £50,000. This is an offer of investment to match money raised from the community, providing the minimum share offer target is achieved. Applications for equity match are open to community businesses that are investment ready, including those that have already launched their share offers.
  • Subscription underwriting: If affordability is an issue for community investors, Co-operative and Community Finance (CCF) can offer an interest-free repayable loan to enable people to buy shares through instalments over a maximum of 12 months, with the society receiving the full investment upfront.
  • Loan finance: may be available from Co-operative and Community Finance (CCF).

Priority will be given to:

  • Disadvantaged, less affluent and under-represented communities, particularly minoritised ethnicities, young people and communities facing systemic inequality.
  • Projects that meet critical needs of their communities. There is particular interest in project that address climate change issues and digital inclusion.

The fund is expected to remain open for applications until 2025, with monthly assessment panels.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is a two-stage application process.

Expressions of Interest can be made at any time.

Funding Criteria:

More information available directly from the funder.

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