Community Investment

Crowdfunding isn't about collecting money.  It's about making something happen with a crowd of people who believe in something.

The Community Investment Team are here to help community groups and organisations not only think about funding, but to consider alternative finance approaches to support their work.

There are a variety of exciting, innovative options for investing in your community, encouraging wider participation and involvement to make your community a better place to live.

We can offer a range of information and training sessions for groups, including regular updates on grant funding, meetings with your group to discuss funding options for your project, information sessions, training programmes and information and advice on alternative, innovative approaches to community investment.

Alternative approaches include:


Funding for projects is available from a number of sources including UK and Scottish Government, the European Union, Charitable trusts, Foundations and the Big Lottery Fund. In addition alternative financial approaches and investment models are available and these include, Community Shares, Crowd funding and Participatory budgeting.

Whether you are eligible will depend on the nature of your organisation/group, its activities and the type and scale of the proposed project.  Please check your eligibility at East Ayrshire 4 Community which is a free service.

For further information on any of the above topics please complete the Community Investment enquiry form. This will allow us to assess the level of support required and respond to you with appropriate information.

Our new Community Investment Team will also be running funding and alternative finance and investment surgeries and events throughout the year. If you would like to reserve a place at one of these then please indicate this on the enquiry form.

If you experience any difficulty in using the above systems, please contact one of the Community Investment Team on the details provided below.

We cannot provide advice on accessing funding for individuals, non-constituted organisations or profit making businesses. However, the following contacts will be able to provide further information:

Community investment alerts

The Community Investment Team produces regular alerts which provide details on sources of funding and application deadlines for community and voluntary organisations, as well as details of training, workshops and events. Further information is provided via the links below:

Contact Information

Community Investment Team
Telephone: 01563 578104
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