Our Urban Shop offers grants to help communities set up their own shop


The Plunkett Foundation’s Our Urban Shop Grant pilot programme is offering funding for communities in urban areas of the UK to develop and run a community-owned shop that will stock food and other basic provisions.

Our Urban Shop is a unique pilot project that aims to help urban communities overcome the issues of buying good food locally. The Plunkett Foundation has partnered with Locality and received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help urban communities access the support and resources that have been available for rural communities to set up community-owned shops.

Grants are worth between £20,000 to £30,000.

To be eligible, a community must:

  • be based in an urban area of any size within the UK.
  • actively work together to encourage participation and engagement.
  • be in the early stages of exploring the potential of a new community-owned shop or be more developed.
  • want to set up and run a community-owned shop, not a private business.
  • show a need for both business and community development support.
  • show a commitment to multiple forms of investment from the community and other sources, and therefore will not be solely dependent on an ‘Our Urban Shop Grant’.
  • meet the ‘Our Urban Shop’ pilot’s goals and values including overcoming any local community issues and challenges.
  • be willing to work with the ‘Our Urban Shop’ team in 2015-16.

The deadline for applications is 18 December 2015. There is more information on the Plunkett Foundation website