Current programmes

In addition to our universal business advisory service, Plunkett has a number of current programmes of grant funding and business support with specific eligibility criteria:

Advice and grants for community assets in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

With funding from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Plunkett is able to help community groups across the region take ownership and operation of local pubs and assets that are vacant or at risk of closure.

Community groups can benefit from a dedicated package of business support, alongside small development grants to cover the costs of starting a community business or opening a community pub, including the cost of forming a Community Benefit Society (CBS), property valuations and surveys, legal fees and architect fees. Follow-up bigger grants will be awarded to up to 15 groups who can demonstrate strong, feasible plans and the ability to get money from other funding agencies and community partners, and this capital grant will pay for costs such as purchase and refurbishment.

Advice and grants for community pubs in Scotland

Plunkett has been working with the Scottish Government’s Scottish Rural Network Unit over the last two years to deliver business advice to communities in Scotland looking to bring their local pub into community ownership, as well as to support those already trading.

The 2023-2024 programme of support will provide funded advice to community pub groups, with small development grants available for communities looking to bring their pub into community ownership. Through the programme, we will continue to deliver the Scottish Community Pubs Network, which provides peer-learning and networking opportunities for community-owned pubs across Scotland.

Advice and grants for groups looking to apply to the Community Ownership Fund

Plunkett UK is a core member of a consortium of official support organisations providing help to groups interested in the UK Government’s Community Ownership Fund (COF). The Fund exists to help communities across the UK take ownership of assets at risk of closure and runs until March 2025.

You can access development support via the My Community website, which includes FAQs, webinars and an editable Word document of the COF application form; you can also see a handy round-up of all the support available here.