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

Development grants of up to £5,000

Match equity investment

Pound for pound up to £25,000

Community businesses in England exploring share offers

Read the guidance and apply below

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.

The programme is funded by Power to Change and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, and is delivered in partnership with Coops UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation and Co-operative and Community Finance.

What can you apply for?

  • 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.

Read the guidance notes before applying

Check your organisation is eligible for this support


How to apply for support from this programme


Are you a community business?


Are you based in England?


Then apply via the Co-operatives UK website