Funding for communities working together
Buy Better Together Challenge
The Buy Better Together Challenge is an initiative by Co-operatives UK and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to inspire new models of community buying, stimulate enterprise and promote shared learning. A £60,000 pot will go towards training, mentoring and seed funding for stand out projects, including £15,000 for the overall winner.
The Challenge is open to groups and organisations within the public, voluntary or business sectors, which focus on creating new or developing existing community buying schemes.
Entrants are asked to address one or more of the below challenges:
Challenge One: Project aimed at creating a platform, tool or vehicle to help individuals to come together and form a community buying group.
Challenge Two: Project aimed at enabling existing or new community groups to develop their purchasing power by working collectively on behalf of individual consumers.
Challenge Three: Project aimed at businesses to empower their employees or consumers to group for community buying.
The criteria for judging the prize will include:
The greatest potential in terms of saving money and getting better quality
Achieving long lasting impact or sustainability
Being able to engage a community successfully
Having social benefits, including helping disadvantaged consumers
Please read the Challenge Introduction Document before applying to understand details on the Challenge and the criteria that will be assessed. You can then either enter online or print the PDF application form to post the application in. You can see examples of community buying schemes in Case Studies and use the Online Guide for advice on setting up community buying schemes.
Application Form: Apply on-line or download application form from the website.
Deadline: 15th May 2012.
Contact: Emailbuying@bis.gsi.gov.uk or call on 0207 215 6570
Source East Sussex Funding News