Communitybuilders Fund

From 27 February to noon on 13 April 2012, organisations are welcome to apply for Communitybuilders Feasibility Grants.

Feasibility grants of half a million will be available for organisations looking to research and develop a sustainable and entrepreneurial idea that meets social needs of their local community.

We are looking to award between 20 and 30 grants and up to 5 days business support to high quality applicants with a proven track record. Organisations can apply for a maximum of £25,000 and minimum of £10,000 in this round of the Fund.

The Communitybuilders Feasibility Grants will fund -

Capital expenditure  

  • Architects and other professional fees to produce detailed design and costings for any building plans, e.g. drawings, ground/building surveys, planning consent, leases, and other hard outputs.
  • Other one-off fees relating to building purchase or development, e.g. legal

Revenue expenditure

  • Development of comprehensive and well evidenced business plans, including detailed market evidence
  • Internal project management costs, increased staff capacity (e.g. increase in hours for part-time staff, pay for volunteers to undertake work or money to backfill existing staff time whilst they undertake the feasibility work)
  • Training related to your enterprise idea
  •  Market research and product development

Grants cannot be used for –

  • Equipment purchase
  • Building works
  • General running costs such as existing salaries, utility bills, rent, etc.

Is your organisation eligible for a Communitybuilders investment?

Complete our online eligibility checklist to see if you can apply. 


Communitybuilders Hotline

Our investment team are happy to answer any questions you have about the Communitybuilders Fund.

Call 0191 269 2276

Email us