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Download and our guidance to help you decide whether the Community Shares Booster Programme is right for you.

What the Booster Programme is looking to fund

  • To help disadvantaged and under-represented communities develop successful community businesses, especially in under-represented trade sectors, and financed through community share offers based on new forms of investment proposition, institutional support, and business appraisal methodologies.
  • New and existing community businesses – it is not suitable for newly formed community groups that are in the early stages of developing a community business proposal.
  • 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.

An inclusive approach

  • We believe in being truly inclusive and treating everyone with respect. We seek to be a genuinely inclusive organisation by advancing equality and diversity through our policies and practices. We encourage and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who are looking to make a real difference to the lives of their local communities.

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It’s been such a positive experience working with Booster. The flexibility and freedom of the Booster Programme is great.
– Jonathan Atkinson, Director, George Street Community Bookshop

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.

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

Watch a webinar recording for further guidance. Specifically we focus on the innovation question from minute 23. Remember, the Booster Programme is as much a research programme as a funding programme and so this is important to the assessors! We are especially interested in making community share investment and society membership more accessible to even greater proportions of the population in terms of demographics, income levels, region etc.

If your application is linked to a community pub, please apply to Plunkett Foundation's More than a Pub (MTAP) Programme

This is for communities wanting to open and run a community pub which will also deliver services for the benefit of the wider community. 

If you meet the eligibility criteria for More than a Pub, we recommend you develop your proposal with MTAP first, before considering an application to the Booster Programme.

This webinar outlines the ReBoost funding within the Booster Programme and we answer some questions from attendees.

Community Shares Booster Fund – application guidance

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