More than a pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two-year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change.
The Plunkett Foundation are delivering it in collaboration with Co-operative & Community Finance, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality. For the first time it will offer the community pub sector access to an end-to-end support programme including capacity building and a finance package made up of loans and grants.
The programme will increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading. For many communities, pubs are not just a place to drink; they are central to people’s sense of place and identity, they give an opportunity for meeting up, and they foster community cohesion.
Support will be targeted at community groups looking to take on ownership of their local pub. As valuable community assets, support will enable groups to deliver and evidence significant social benefits and impact. Support will be available to help groups develop their ideas but we are seeking groups committed to delivering a community pub for the benefit of the wider community, overcoming local issues. These activities could include the provision of employment and volunteering opportunities, work place training and added services such as a shop, post office, library, internet café, cash point, prescription services and informal meeting spaces for a range of community activities.
For more information on this pot of funding please visit www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub