Grant funders are keen to see that you raise investment from your own community and certain funders will specifically match community share equity with grant funding.
For example, if you were raising finance to purchase for your local pub, you might consider:
- Community Shares: to demonstrate you have community backing and give customers a stake in the success of the business
- Donation-based crowdfunding: to equip a community room for example, which could be charitable funding benefitting from gift aid
- A bank mortgage – banks are more likely to lend where they are assured that organisations are bearing some of the risk and can demonstrate community interest for the service or product.