We’re passionate about supporting the vital local businesses that sit at the heart of our communities, weaving them together by offering vibrant places for people to connect with each other. The Hopkins Charitable fund is incredibly proud to partner with the Plunkett Foundation to support community-run shops and pubs across East Anglia.
The Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme offers free advice and support from the Plunkett Foundation’s network of advisors, and grants, to ensure the essential contribution of community shops and pubs is maintained for future generations.
Through our initial funding we supported businesses facing the short- and long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Helping them to find solutions to issues such as staffing; safety measures; and establishing new services such as home delivery or take-away.
These community-run businesses proved a lifeline to many during the pandemic and demonstrated the high value of local services. We are delighted to have extended the scheme with an additional £50,000 donation, allowing us to support these businesses as the country continues to recover from the effects of Covid-19.
Part of this additional funding will be ring-fenced to provide support specifically to those groups setting up or operating a community-run pub so that the local can remain at the heart of the village.