3.1 Eligibility Considerations

The Community Shares Booster Programme is open to new and existing community businesses that are planning to make, or have recently launched, community share offers. It is a rolling programme of support, with applications accepted anytime between December 2017 and December 2020.

To be considered for support and funding through the Community Shares Booster Programme you must at the very least:

  • be based in England
  • be an emerging or existing community business,
  • be able to address an identified charitable purpose

You will be able to determine your eligibility through the first stage of the application process – Expression of Interest.

Beyond the initial eligibility criteria, the suitability of the Booster Programme for your community business will depend on your alignment with the Booster Investment Framework – a living policy that ensures the overarching aims of the Booster Programme are reflected in the support that is offered to societies planning and undertaking community share offers.

The Booster Investment Framework is set out in the next section and the Investment Panel will determine your alignment with the framework at the second stage of the application process – Full Application.

Please note, there is not an expectation that you have to meet all the considerations set out in the framework but rather that you are able to identify which elements of the framework would specifically apply to your community business’ involvement in the programme.  

If you have any questions on the content included within the guidance, please contact the team.