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There are many different options to secure funds to make your idea or project happen.

When raising investment for starting or growing community projects, there are two main types of funding streams you can consider:

Non-repayable

  • Grants (from government or charitable trusts)
  • Donations (from individuals and philanthropists)
  • Crowdfunding (online fundraising from lots of donors)

Repayable

  • Bank loans & mortgages (from commercial & specialist banks)
  • Equity (e.g. Community Shares)
  • Social investment (a range of repayable finance from specialist social investors who expect a social & financial ‘return’).

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