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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.


The Community Shares Fund supports community-owned enterprises seeking to raise investment through a community share issue. They offer to purchase preference shares up-to a third of your target for a limited period to help you to get your project started.

Preference shares should be seen as a short term investment, typically up to 12 months, to help a project get underway.

Premium information is available exclusively to SCVO members and supporters

Geographical areas funded: UK

Fund type

Type of funding:
Loan, Other resources
Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes

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Notes on award amounts:
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Who can apply

Employee or community-owned social enterprises, including co-operatives, community businesses, development trusts and businesses developed from the charitable and voluntary sector. All must have an appropriate form of employee or community ownership and must be democratically controlled by their members.

They only lend to incorporated bodies such as registered companies and community benefit societies.

When to apply

Apply anytime.

How to apply

To apply for support or discuss how the Fund can support your co-operative or society contact the funder directly. There is an eligibility checker and application form on the funder website.

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Activites funded: General charitable activities

Beneficiaries funded: Local communities

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Last reviewed 5 months ago