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The Community Shares Booster Programme is a funding scheme to support community share offers.

What funding is available?

Community Shares ReBoost fund

The ReBoost fund helps all types of community businesses to prepare a community share offer, to support their recovery from COVID-19.

What funding is available?

  • Development grants – up to £5,000 to prepare a community share offer: financial planning, governance support, marketing costs and being awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark.
  • Match equity investment – typically matching pound for pound up to £25,000 invested by the Booster Programme, providing that the minimum share offer target is achieved.

Community Shares Booster Programme

The Booster Programme is open to new and existing community businesses in England that are soon planning to make, or have recently launched, community share offers. We are particularly interested in community businesses that will breathe new life into high streets through the regeneration of historic buildings.

If you are a heritage project, please be clear in the Expression of Interest that you are working with a listed building/a building in a conservation area AND are focused on high street revival and economic resilience.

What funding is available?

  • Development grants – up to £10,000 to prepare a community share offer: financial planning, governance support, marketing costs and being awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark.
  • Match equity investment – typically matching pound for pound up to £100,000 invested by the Booster Programme, providing that the minimum share offer target is achieved.

How to apply?

Takes these simple steps:

  1. Check you are eligible by reading the guidance (see below).
  2. Complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

    Community Shares Booster Fund – application guidance

    Content by Community Shares Booster Fund

    This guidance will help you decide whether the Community Shares Booster programme is right for you.

    Community Shares Booster Programme Guidance for applicants cover
    Community Shares Booster Fund – application guidance [main]
    Community Business ReBoost Fund – guidance for applicants
    Community Business ReBoost Fund – guidance for applicants

    There are three different pathways of funding – you can find out about each one, or fill in the expression of interest form and our team will be able to advise you:

    When are applications open?

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with grant and investment decisions made within eight weeks of application.

    Development grants are aimed at societies requiring support to prepare their community share offers and obtain the Community Shares Standard Mark. Applications for equity match are open to societies that are investment ready, including those that have already launched their share offers.

    About the Booster Programme

    The Booster Programme is delivered by Co-operatives UK and funded by Power to Change and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

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