More than a pub

More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme (ending 31st March)

Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands?

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support and funding to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

Funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and led by the Plunkett Foundation, the More than a Pub programme has taken over 800 enquiries and supported 58 pubs in to community control. During the covid-19 lockdown the MTAP programme provided small grants to around half of the community pubs in England.

This programme is delivered in partnership with the following organisations:

More than a Pub is funded by:

As planned, the More than a Pub programme is coming to an end on the 31 March 2021.

Until then we will still be able to offer free Adviser support, online training/events, resources and Zoom chats. Please regularly check our 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  Please note, the final loan and grant panel will be held on the 11th March 2021 and bursary funds are now very low so you will be placed on a waiting list and asked to apply if funds become available.

The 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, call 01993 810730 or use our online enquiry form here.