Rural and urban communities that wish to take over the ownership of their failing local pub can apply for loan and grant funding as well as business development support through the £2.2 million “More than a Pub” programme.
This is the latest phase of the programme which helped 58 pubs open their doors under community ownership from 2016 to 2020. The programme is run by the Plunkett Foundation and supported by Power to Change.
The programme offers a wide range of support for groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub and run it for the benefit of their local community:
- Expert support in areas such as Business Planning, Community Shares, Legal Structures, Social Impact and Finance
- Opportunities to attend events, workshops, peer-to-peer study visits
- Bursary Grants of up to £2500 for feasibility costs
- A combined Loan and Grant Package of up to £100,000 towards capital costs.
In order to qualify for support through the More than a Pub programme, applicants must be based in England and:
- Want to take ownership of a pub
- Want to open and run a community pub
- Be incorporated or intend to incorporate
- Have a charitable purpose
- Be for the benefit of the public
- Address local needs
- Trade for the benefit of the community
- Run democratically
- Have local support and investors
This new £2.2million round of More than a Pub, makes a range of support and funding available until December 2020
Organisations that meet the programme criteria, please complete the enquiry form. Alternatively, potential applicants can call the programme advice line on 01993 810730 for further information.