Support & Grants

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £20,000.

Successful participants to the programme will receive:

  • Online induction and ongoing support either online, by phone or where possible through visits
  • Community business development plans to help successful groups shape and develop strategies and plans for their community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire applicants and give them the opportunity to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from social finance experts, successful community business leaders, funders and technical specialist

Participants will also be able to apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to put all this great advice into action, and their community business idea into reality.