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Booster Fund – practitioner session

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Alice Wharton, Booster Fund Senior Manager at Co-operatives UK, and Tim Coomer, Co-operative and Community Finance (CCF), ran this webinar for advisors about the Community Shares Booster Fund. 

Community share offers are increasingly used by communities across the UK to raise finance to save and secure vital services and assets. To date over £200 million has been raised this way. 

The Booster Fund supports new and existing community businesses in England that are at all stages of a community share issue. 

This webinar covered all elements of the funding and support, including top tips for creating a strong application to the Booster Fund. 

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What was covered? 

We covered the following key aspects to the Booster Fund: 

  • Pre-grant support  
  • Subscription underwriting  
  • Loan  
  • Criteria  
  • Priorities  
  • Case studies of Booster Fund beneficiaries  
  • Investment Panel  
  • Top tips 

Who was it aimed at? 

  • Advisors to community groups considering different forms of finance and fundraising 
  • Community Shares Practitioners looking to broaden their understanding of the available options 

About the trainers 

Alice Wharton manages the Community Shares Booster Fund at Co-operatives UK and also focuses on our portfolio of community shares investments. 

Tim Coomer is the Business Development Manager for Co-operative and Community Finance (CCF). CCF is a 'Lender for Social Purpose'; providing loan finance to co-operative and community businesses across the UK. 


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