The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.
The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.
The programme offers:
- Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
- Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
- Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
- The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000