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 £15,000.

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

The Bright Ideas Fund application is now open and will close on Tuesday 9 April 2019.

There will be additional funding rounds in:
• August – September 2019,
• February 2020 – April 2020,
• August – September 2020,
• February 2021 – March 2021.

How to apply for funding

1. Read the guidance notes

Please read the guidance notes thoroughly before applying. They will help you to decide whether you are eligible for the community business idea you have in mind and whether the Power to Change Community Business Bright Ideas programme is right for you.

The guidance notes include information about the types of community businesses that Bright Ideas is designed to support, as well as the criteria that will be used to assess applications.

The guidance also includes the application form questions along with information that will help you to complete the application form.

Download the guidance notes – PDF

2. Complete the eligibility checker

You must complete the eligibility checker in order to apply for the Bright Ideas Fund. The checker will determine whether you are eligible to apply for the funding.

The eligibility checker is now open.

Complete the eligibility checker now

3. Fill in the application form

If you have successfully completed the eligibility checker, you will receive an email that includes a link to the application form.

You can see what questions the application form will include by going to page 18 of the guidance notes.

The Bright Ideas Fund application is now open and  will close on Tuesday 9 April 2019.

There will be additional funding rounds in:
• August – September 2019,
• February 2020 – April 2020,
• August – September 2020,
• February 2021 – March 2021.

View the application questions in the guidance notes – PDF