The Community Business Fund is now closed for applications. Through this fund we make grant awards of between £50,000 and £300,000 to existing community businesses.

Find out if you are eligible by reading the guidance.

You can also access the presentation slides and the recording of our webinar – ‘Is the Community Business Fund right for you?’ to find out more. Please start watching the webinar at 13 mins.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.



Before you apply

Read our guidance for applicants which can help you decide if you meet the criteria for a CBF grant. This will also help you prepare your answers and evidence by reading the application questions beforehand.

Take a look at our ‘What funding and support is suitable for you?‘ pages to read about our definition of community business.

Find out about the projects we’ve funded

See our support and resources for community businesses.


Things to think about

We expect the process to be highly competitive. We expect to award around £2.5 million to around 15 community businesses in this round.

There will be future funding rounds of the Community Business Fund. Applying for a later funding round will not reduce an applicant’s chance of receiving funding.

We will rarely fund alone. For example, we will usually fund a maximum of 75% of the total costs of buying or renovating a building.

In previous funding rounds, over two-thirds of applications were rejected because they didn’t meet our definition of a community business.

Crediton Community Book Shop

Crediton Community Book Shop received a CBF grant to purchase premises, expand services for children and create a community hub. Money from book sales goes back into the community through book fairs, school outreach, author events and reading workshops.

Bristol Ferry Boats

Bristol Ferry Boats received a CBF grant to enable the purchase of an electric ferry boat and develop training and community outreach programmes. The ferry service eases notorious traffic problems and is used by over 124,000 people every year.

Power to Change trustee Carla Stent

Get in touch

You can get in touch with our grant partner, BE Group, at any point during your application process for free advice and guidance.

Call our helpline on 0300 1240444.

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm (4.30pm on Friday). Calls are charged at no more than a national rate call to a number starting 01 or 02.

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Webchat: During helpline opening hours you can also use webchat on this page to get help with your application.