The third round of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now closed. A new round will open in summer 2018, more details will be posted here and in the Power to Change newsletter.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000


Case Study: Wath Hall, Rotherham

Putting a Grade II listed hall into community hands

Wath Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, recently used as civic offices for local councils. With support from the Bright Ideas Programme, local residents formed a charity and investigated the feasibility of creating a community hub.

Read more here….

Case Study: The Playground, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

A community owned skate park

Local skaters have since been campaigning to reopen the Park Warehouse in Great Yarmouth as a community owned skate park – run by skaters for skaters.

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New Wortley Community Association

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The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund offers around 80 community groups based in England, up to 15 days of tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to develop their budding community business ideas.

Jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the two-year programme is  delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality.