A major new funding programme from Power to Change has been announced to help communities seeking to save their local pub through community ownership.
This funding builds on the success of the current More Than a Pub programme, which is jointly funded by Power to Change and Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, led by Plunkett Foundation in collaboration with Key Fund, Co-operative and Community Finance, The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub, Locality and the British Beer and Pub Association.
To date, the More Than A Pub programme has supported 190 communities and seen 26 pubs open their doors under community ownership since 2016. Community pubs offer a range of services ranging from retail and post office, social clubs and volunteering opportunities.
Power to Change supports businesses that are incorporated organisations, for example; Charitable Incorporated Organisation; Community Benefit Society; Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee; Community Interest Company Limited by Shares; Company Limited by Guarantee; Company Limited by Shares; Co-operative Society.
Previous grants have been awarded to a wide range of businesses including: community libraries, bakeries, pubs, farms, hubs, transport, energy schemes, art centres and construction organisations.
The new programme will be active from Summer 2019 with further details to be announced in Spring 2019.