Plunkett Foundation offers new support to UK’s rural communities

Date: 3rd December 2012

New funding by the Plunkett Foundation is intended to create a comprehensive support service for rural communities that want to set up or diversify community-owned services, such as shops and pubs, to help reverse the trend of rural decline.

The new service which opens to applications from 3 December 2012 offers a combination of adviser support, training, feasibility grants, and opportunities for networking with other community enterprises to communities considering community ownership.

The support is specifically focused at the early stage of a community's ideas, and will help them progress to the next stage. Eligibility for support will depend on communities aiming to raise at least £10,000 themselves through community shares. Support will be given to ensure communities are creating viable and sustainable businesses that engage the whole community.