Power to Change has suspended all current funding programmes, including Community Business Bright Ideas, as we are focusing our attention on supporting community businesses affected by COVID-19. All future rounds of this programme are currently paused. 

Emergency support: If you are a live Bright Ideas grantee and have not yet submitted your end of grant report, you might be eligible to apply for some emergency support from us and Locality. Please fill out this short Expression of Interest.


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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 funded by Power to Change. 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.

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?
If you are a new community business with a bright idea, find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the guidance.

For existing community businesses interested in testing out a new community business, please read our Incubating and Enabling Guidance Notes.

You can now view our webinar, where you will be able to find out more about the fund, application process and hear from a programme grantee: Radcliffe Market. View the webinar here.

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: brightideas@locality.org.uk

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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