A finance package of loans and grants is available to community groups in England that want to take on the ownership of their local pub.

More than a Pub is a unique three year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England and grow the range of services they offer to help local people. Its value is £3.85 million and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. The programme is being delivered by the Plunkett Foundation in collaboration with Co-operative & Community Finance, Keyfund, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality.

The programme is seeking communities looking to consider taking responsibility for and ownership of their local pub, through purchase or long-term lease.

This is the first time that the community pub sector is being offered access to an end-to-end support programme including capacity building and a finance package made up of loans and grants.

The programme is open for applications until the end of March 2019

More information about the grant and how to apply