A bar tender pulling a pint behind the bar. There are other people in the background, and it looks like a nice atmosphere.

The More than a Pub Programme aims to increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading and also to grow the range of services they offer to help the wider community.

Services provided by community pubs could include a shop, post office, library, internet café, cash point, police surgeries, lunch clubs for the elderly, prescription services and informal meeting spaces for a range of community activities such as sports teams, choirs, live music and walking groups.

Who can apply?

Community groups who are considering taking ownership of their local pub, either through purchase or long-term lease. All applicants for loan and grant funding will be expected to demonstrate clear and significant viable benefits to their local community for their plans, as well as some funding already raised within the community.

What can you apply for?

  • Expert support in areas such as Business Planning, Community Shares, Legal Structures, Social Impact and Finance
  • Opportunities to attend events, workshops, peer-to-peer study visits
  • Bursary Grants of up to £2500 for feasibility costs
  • A combined Loan and Grant Package of up to £100,000 towards capital costs.
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