The Plunkett Foundation, a Centre of expertise for rural communities looking to take control, through community ownership, of the issues affecting them, has been awarded over £450,000 from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. This is to create a new comprehensive support for rural communities considering setting up or diversifying community-owned services – like pubs and shops – to help turn the tide on rural decline.
Plunkett helps communities to set up enterprises in rural areas that are owned and led by those communities, but also support existing rural community enterprises by providing a range of support services.
The funding is available across Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK to help revive villages through community enterprise to help stop rural decline.
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.