More Than a Pub support groups at all stages of their community pub journey, from an idea through to opening and trading. Please note that the programme will be gradually ending soon, as planned.
What is More Than a Pub?
This England wide programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The programme is being led by Plunkett Foundation and delivered in collaboration with leading organisations within the sector.
More than a Pub aims to increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading and also to grow the range of services they offer to help the wider community. Services provided by community pubs could include a shop, post office, library, internet café, cash point, police surgeries, lunch clubs for the elderly, prescription services and informal meeting spaces for a range of community activities such as sports teams, choirs, live music and walking groups.
As planned, the More than a Pub programme is coming to a gradual end.
Our partners Plunkett Foundation are delighted to still be able to offer free Adviser support, online training/events, resources and Zoom Chats until March 2021 or until the funding has been committed. Please regularly check their Events and News pages for the latest updates.
If you would like to find out more about the MTAP bursaries of up to £2,500 for business start-up costs, or £100,000 loan and grant packages (for new community pub groups only) then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, these funds are now very low and might have been allocated, if this happens you will be placed on a waiting list and asked to apply if funds become available.
Plunkett Foundation will continue to support community pubs beyond the More than a Pub programme, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance, email email@example.com, call 01993 810730 or use the online enquiry form here.
Who can apply?
Community groups who are considering taking ownership of their local pub, either through purchase or long-term lease. All applicants for loan and grant funding will be expected to demonstrate clear and significant viable benefits to their local community for their plans, as well as some funding already raised within the community.
What can you apply for?
- Expert support in areas such as Business Planning, Community Shares, Legal Structures, Social Impact and Finance
- Opportunities to attend events, workshops, peer-to-peer study visits
- Bursary Grants of up to £2500 for feasibility costs
- A combined Loan and Grant Package of up to £100,000 towards capital costs.
Where can I find out more?
Read our guidance notes for More than a Pub.
Unsure how to develop your community benefit plan? We have guidance notes here!
To check your eligibility and find out more please call the programme helpline on 01993 810730 or visit www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub