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Funded by Power to Change and Architectural Heritage Fund. In partnership with Locality

Booster Fund application guidance

Are you an existing community business in England? Looking for help with your community share offer? The Booster Fund provides support to get your share offer ready. We can also part match the funds that you raise through your share offer. 

Community shares are a great way for communities to pull together and take ownership of local buildings and land, or to develop new projects or services that benefit people in their community. 

This guidance will help you decide whether the Booster Fund is right for your community business and your project. 

What funding is available?

The Booster Fund offers:

  • Development grants – averaging £5,000, to prepare a community share offer: financial planning, governance support, marketing costs and being awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark. 

  • Equity match investment – typically matching pound-for-pound up to £25,000 invested by the Booster Fund, providing the minimum share offer target is achieved. 

Community businesses that received Booster Fund equity investment will receive ongoing support and advice from Co-operatives UK as an active investor in community businesses.

You can start your application by filling in the Booster Fund Expression of Interest form, however we strongly recommend you read this guidance first.

Start your application to the Booster Fund

Who is behind the Booster Fund?

The Booster Fund is delivered in partnership by Co-operatives UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation, and Co-operative and Community Finance. 

It is funded by Power to Change and the Architectural Heritage Fund. The Architectural Heritage Fund is ring fenced for heritage projects that play an important role in high street revival and the economic resilience of an area.

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Booster Fund partners and funders