Community Shares Wales

Creating resilience through community investment

Community Shares Wales

About us

Community Shares Wales Resilience Project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Wales and delivered by Cwmpas. We help communities raise investment to protect and strengthen the things that matter to them.

Why community shares?

All businesses need capital to start, to grow and to be sustainable. Community shares are an ideal way for people to invest in businesses serving a community purpose. 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 build stronger, more vibrant and independent communities.

Support for community share schemes

We offer free support to people who want to set up a community share scheme, providing guidance on the key steps of:

  • Engaging your community to find out what people need and who is willing to help
  • Making sure your legal structure allows you to raise funds through community shares
  • Writing your business plan to determine how much capital you are looking to raise, what you will do with the money and why it is needed
  • Writing your share offer document so people understand what you’re trying to do, why they should invest, and what return they are likely to get
  • Promoting your share offer so that everyone who might invest knows about the opportunity

Our team is enthusiastic about community ownership and enjoy working with people across Wales to raise the capital they need to achieve a shared vision. If you need support, or would like to know more, please get in touch.

Resource hub
This microsite is a library of community shares knowledge - from case studies and films to expert advice and guidance notes. To stay up-to-date with the project, our events, publications and more, please sign up to our mailing list.
Map of the Sector
Discover community shares in your area, invest in live offers and request local support from our network of Practitioners and Mentors.
Get in touch
To find out more about our services, phone 0300 111 5050 or email