Community Business Bright Ideas

What is The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund?
The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is  delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality and jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It aims to give community groups in England the support necessary to start setting up their community business.

Is it open for applications?
The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now closed. There will be future rounds in 2020.

Who can apply?
Community groups in England looking to set up and start running a community business.

What can you apply for?
Groups accepted onto the programme will receive tailored business development support, mentoring and visits and can apply for a small grant of up to £15,000 to fund development and start-up costs.

Where can I find out more?
Find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the guidance or listen to our recent webinar. Complete the eligibility checker and apply here. If you have any questions about your application you can get in touch with Locality for free advice and guidance:

Case Study: Kitty's Launderette, Liverpool

Restoring a launderette at the heart of the community

Residents in North Liverpool had the bright idea to turn a disused launderette into a vibrant community hub, offering much more than clean clothes. Named after Kitty Wilkinson who helped her neighbours avoid a cholera epidemic by washing their clothes in 1832, the new community launderette will provide a vital service and run events and creative activities to increase social cohesion in a very diverse area. The Bright Ideas Fund has helped them register the business and secure the premises amongst other things.


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Case study: Litherland REMYCA Football Club

Putting a football club into community ownership

Litherland REMYCA Football Club has been around for over 50 years but only recently decided to become community-owned. They turned into a co-operative, with a one member one vote model so local people can have a say in the running of the club. The Bright Ideas Fund has helped them improve their community engagement, marketing, business planning and impact measurement skills.


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Case study: St Ann's Redevelopment Trust

Turning a derelict site into proper affordable housing

When part of St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey, North London was put up for sale to private housing developers, only 14% of those proposed new homes were classed as “affordable”. In response, a group of 350 Haringey residents and workers set up a community land trust to build 500 genuinely affordable homes on the hospital site. Through the Bright Ideas Fund, StART developed its business plan, revised its financial model and improved its accountability to the community.

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