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

Apply to the Booster Fund

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Community Shares – Booster Fund
Shovel Dance Collective, Sister Midnight Fundraiser © Jake Ollett

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

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

This includes the very early stages of exploring whether it’s the right choice, through planning a community share issue to being ready to launch, or in exceptional cases, recently launched. 

What funding is available?

  • 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 £1 for £1 up to £25,000 invested by the Booster Fund, providing the minimum share offer target is achieved. 

How to apply? 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis:

  1. Read the Booster Fund application guidance to understand who can apply and what support is available

  1. Complete the Booster Fund Expression of Interest form

  • For Expression of Interest applications we aim to get back to you within two weeks if you will be invited to make a full application
  • For full applications, grant and investment decisions made within eight to twelve weeks of application.

Not sure whether to apply?

Sign up for a webinar about the Booster Fund, 8 June, 2pm

Who are we looking to support?

  • Disadvantaged and under-represented communities, particularly minoritised ethnicities and young people 

  • Projects that meet critical needs of their communities – we are particularly interested in project that address climate change issues and digital inclusion 

  • New and existing community businesses 

  • Business development support to access professional skills, particularly for those at the early stages of developing a community business proposal 

  • Development grants for community businesses needing support to prepare their community share offers and obtain the Community Shares Standard Mark 

  • Applications for equity match are open to community businesses 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.

About 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.

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Booster Fund partners and funders
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