Successful groups and second round announced for Bright Ideas Fund

Posted on the 24th March 2017

Image: Inside Workout community gym

Today Government and partners have announced £900,000 investment in community projects through the Bright Ideas Fund, with a second round opening in April.

The £1.85m Community Business Bright Ideas fund, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change, gives community groups tailored support and funding of up to £20,000 to develop ideas that the community wants and needs.

The fund aims to invest £1.85m over two years, and will aim to help around 80 community businesses to progress from ideas to ventures.

In the first round 49 local groups have been chosen to share £695,000 in grants, with an additional £234,000 in business development help.

Groups include:

  • Harlesden Letts, a community lettings agency fighting for more affordable rents in one of the priciest areas of London
  • The Playground, a community skatepark in Great Yarmouth
    are looking to bring youth facilities back to a deprived seaside town
  • Inside Workout, are trying to provide a community gym to address gang activity in Manchester.

Second round

The second round of Bright Ideas Fund opens on 19 April.

Do you have a local community asset that you’ve saved but don’t know what it could be turned into? Or a community business idea that you don’t know how to get off the ground? If you are a community group or organisation who would like to set up a community business but need a bit of help, the Community Business Bright Ideas programme is for you.

Guidance on applying will be available to groups from 3 April on the MyCommunity website.

Applications will open at midday on 19 April and close at midday on 31 May.

Find out more

Sign up to Bright Ideas Fund FAQs webinar

Power to Change and Locality will host an FAQs webinar on 11 April. 

We’ll be going through examples of what we funded in the first round, the criteria, the application process and FAQs, followed by a live Q&A session.

Register here

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