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New funding to revive rural communities

20 November 2012

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has awarded the Plunkett Foundation £450,000 to create a comprehensive new support service for rural communities considering setting up or diversifying community-owned services – like shops and pubs – to help turn the tide on rural decline.

The funding, which follows Plunkett's hugely successful Village CORE programme, also funded by Esmée Fairbairn, will provide a much needed boost for communities considering community ownership, and will provide a combination of adviser support, training, feasibility grants, and opportunities for networking with other community enterprises. The support is specifically focused at the early stage of a community’s ideas, and will help them progress to the next stage. Eligibility for support will depend on communities aiming to raise at least £10,000 themselves through community shares and support will be given to ensure communities are creating viable and sustainable businesses that engage the whole community.

This new service will open for applications on 3 December 2012, and Plunkett encourages rural communities who need support for their enterprises to contact them directly for more information on 01993 810730 or info@plunkett.co.uk.