From the 6th August 2019, community groups in England will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 as well as tailored business support to help them develop their community businesses ideas. The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will give community groups the early stage finance they need to carry out consultations with local people to develop a community business idea, and will also give them support and tools to start setting it up.
Aylesham Hub Ltd, who are working to create a community centre in East Kent, were one of the successful applicants in 2018. The Bright Ideas Fund enabled the group to carry out a pre-feasibility study, including consulting local people via initial surveys, holding listening events and building partnerships with local groups, organisations and individuals.
The programme is funded by Power to Change and delivered by Locality in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.
The closing date for applications is the 30th September 2019.
Anyone interested in applying can join a free webinar on Tuesday 16th July at 11am. To register for the webinar and access a recording of it, follow this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8304687590541627915