Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, deadline 1 December 2017 (5pm)

1 November 2017

The final round of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is open for applications. The fund's aim is to help organisations explore a project idea; start up a community business, and attract other funding.

Bright Ideas will provide successful organisations with:

  • Business development support: Up to 12 days of business development support from Locality, Plunkett Foundation, or Co-operatives UK.
  • Learning, events and peer networking: The opportunity to learn from existing community businesses, through visits and events.
  • Grant funding: The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000 to develop your idea and/or improve your organisation’s capability, depending on your needs.

Eligibility

The fund is aimed at new organisations. For this final round of funding only organisations that have been constituted for less than 5 years can apply.

Applicants also need to be able to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • "Is it local?
  • Is the organisation run by local people (not just for them)?
  • Is it going to be a business (using trading, not a grant funded project)
  • Do you want to use a grant to develop the business idea (not use a grant for the revenue costs of the service)?"

Interested?

Please read the guidance notes before completing the eligibility checker to get access to the application form.

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2017 (5pm).

Questions?

Answers to frequently asked questions are available. 

For one-to-one advice, telephone the funder's helpline on 0300 020 1864. The helpline is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm.

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