The Community Business Fund is closed.

What is The Community Business Fund?
The fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. This could be through increasing trading income, securing an asset or significantly reducing revenue costs

Is it open for applications?
The Community Business Fund is now CLOSED.

Who can apply?
The programme is for existing community business based in England. More information on application criteria can be found in the Round 8 guidance notes.

What can you apply for?
Grants of £50,000 – £300,000 are available to cover:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs


Where can I find out more?
Please keep checking back for updated Frequently Asked Questions, the fund’s guidance notes and more.

You can get in touch with our grant partner, Social Investment Business, at any point during your application process for free advice and guidance. Please contact

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