Are you just getting started with changing your community for the better?

If you want to save or take over a local asset, improve a space, place or service or plan for the future, we’ll help you get the basics in place to make your community dreams a reality.

There are some important questions you need to think about when setting out to take action in your community:

  • Who is your community?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What sort of organisation do you need?
  • What is your plan for your community project?
  • How much money will you need to kick-start and develop your idea?

It’s important to take the time to understand what you are trying to achieve when setting up a new community group or organisation. This will ensure that you are in the right position to use the community rights, apply for finance or funding and most importantly, get the support you need from people in your community to help make these plans happen.

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Is there help available?

There are many options to raise finance or get funding for your project. We have compiled lists under Support and Grants of the different types of finance and funding for you to research further.

Bright Ideas Fund

For those considering community business (what is a community business? find out more here) ideas, the Bright Ideas Fund can help with getting started.

Our Step-by-step guide will take you from the seed of an idea through to securing the resources to make it happen. Remember – community projects don’t always progress in a straight line. You may need to repeat a step, or come back to something at a later date.

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Getting media and marketing savvy training

Free training to help you create and tailor your message for the media

Raise the profile of your community work and get your message heard with our free media training programme!

Media Trust and My Community have teamed up to develop the media and marketing skills of community groups in regions across the country from November 2016 – March 2017.

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Step-by-step

Take our step-by-step guide to getting a community project off the ground

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Support and Grants

Find out about support and grants available to make your community idea a reality

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