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.


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)?"


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).


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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