More than a Pub is making £2.2 million available to support community groups in England taking on the ownership of their local pub with the aim of running it to benefit their community.
Funded by Power to Change and administered by the Plunkett Foundation, the More than a Pub programme offers a flexible package of financial and business-development support to help communities to save their local pub through the purchase or long-term lease of the premises, and to grow the range of services they offer to help local people.
Support includes pre-feasibility bursary awards of up to £2,500 and a combined grant and loan package of up to £100,000 towards capital costs.
Applications will be considered from groups with the legal status of Community Benefit Society, Co-operative Society, Company Limited by Guarantee and Community Interest Company, provided that the group:
The loan and grant funding is to pay for capital costs only, such as the purchase of land, buildings, construction, and equipment.
The programme will be open for applications until all of the funding and support has been allocated. This is expected to be by September 2020.