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Community shares are a way to raise money for community owned enterprises.

Community members buy shares in enterprises providing goods and services that meet their needs. In turn, the enterprise is controlled and governed by the community it serves. Community shares have helped to launch and grow a wide range of thriving community businesses.

Community Shares Scotland Support

Community Shares Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and National Lottery Community Fund to help promote the use of community shares.

Our Edinburgh-based team is on hand to provide free support and guidance to anybody interested to learn more about community shares.

Eligible groups can receive up to six days of tailored consultancy to help develop a community share offer.

We also welcome applications to our Microgrant to support the marketing and promotion of a community share offer.

Our programme is delivered by the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS). Together with our DTAS colleagues we have developed model rules for the registration of community benefit societies, which are particularly well suited to development trusts and other community anchor organisations.