Grants of up to £1,000 are available from the Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme.

The Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme is inviting community businesses across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help support them and the communities they serve.

This allocation of funding forms part of a £50,000 extension of the Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme – a partnership between East Anglian housebuilder Hopkins Homes and the Plunkett Foundation.

The scheme, which was extended last month following a successful summer programme, has already provided support to more than 35 community-owned shops, pubs and businesses in East Anglia.

To apply email: support@plunkett.co.uk or call 0845 5571469

The Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme

The Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme is available to not only provide grant funding for a selection of successful applicants but also to provide free support and expertise from the charity’s central support service and network of advisors. Guidance is provided on issues ranging from governance, cash flow advice, business planning, volunteer recruitment, management, accessing funding and navigating government support schemes.

The grants will be supported by a series of training events and workshops aiming to inspire diversification and improve business resilience.

In addition, £10,000 of the fund will be ring-fenced specifically to provide specialist support to communities seeking to set up a new community-run pub.

To apply for the Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme grant, email: support@plunkett.co.uk or call Plunkett Foundation 0845 5571469.