Community Shares

Grow and build your social enterprise

Community Share Offer

All social enterprises need funding to get a project off the ground or to help grow and expand your CIC or Charity.

The Fundsurfer Community Share Option allows you to harness your local community and network to provide you with the funding you need.

Impact investment and social funding is growing fast, with social enterprises being supported to provide services vital to the local community while offering a reasonable return on investment.

Using Community Shares is perfect for your project to raise the funding you need.

It also allows projects that would find it difficult to get off the ground to successfully raise finance. 

Since 2009, almost 120,000 people have invested over £100m to support 350 community businesses throughout the UK. 

What are Community Shares?

The term 'community shares' refers to withdrawable share capital; a form of share capital unique to co-operative and community benefit society legislation. This type of share capital can only be issued by co-operative societies, community benefit societies and charitable community benefit societies.

Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.

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Why choose Fundsurfer?

We understand the challenges you face as a CIC or Charity. We will help provide the support you need to get started.

We will provide you with access to a licensed community share practitioner who will be acting as an adviser to your group.

In order to begin you need to create a community share offer document. They will help you look at different options available. When you are ready you can go live direct on the Fundsurfer platform with your share offer and raise the funding you need. 

Community groups can access different levels of paid support from the practitioner to help you prepare and launch your community share offer.

Next steps

If you have any questions or would like to get started with your own community share offer send a brief overview of your project to and we will get in touch.

All Community Members should note that because does not facilitate any offers regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, that it is not regulated or authorised by that body. Community Members will not have recourse to the protections offered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The fact that an offer is listed on the site does not mean that is endorsing or recommend it. It is for Community Members to assess whether they have enough information to make a judgment on the offer. If you are unsure about whether a particular offer on this website is right for you, you may wish to seek advice from a financial adviser.

Also please review Fundsurfers terms and conditions of use