Community Business Funding

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Bright Ideas Fund is currently open for applications (closes 30th September)

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund  aims to give community groups in England the support necessary to set up their community business. The programme provides tailored business development support, mentoring and visits alongside a small grant of up to £15,000 to fund development and start up costs.

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Community Business Fund – opens 11th September

Community Business Fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. Community businesses can apply for grants of £50,000 to £300,000. Find out more:

Join the webinar on 12th September 2-3 to find out more:

Community Business Trade Up – opens 17th September

This programme is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. It is based on an innovative funding model where grant money of up to £10,000 is allocated in equal proportion to the additional income which your organisation can generate from trading – so the income that the community business generates through trading is match-funded (called match trading). Community businesses also receive a tailored learning programme of 12 days. Find out more:

Next Generation Community Energy Programme – currently open and closes 15th September

This is a fund and expert support programme to pioneer community-led energy projects and business models – awarding grants of up to £100,000 to 10 community energy businesses, alongside a support programme of research and analysis. Find out more: