Pub is the Hub signs off first community service grants

By Gurjit Degun

- Last updated on GMT

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Pub is the Hub has signed off its first community services grants for four projects based in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

The projects include a community shop and post office, plus two further community shops and a community play area.

The fund was set up in December last year to help UK pubs to diversify into new services for their communities. It saw the Department for Communities and

Local Government contribute £150,000 to the appeal for a fund, with a further £50,000 donated by drinks company Diageo.

The Government support is split over two years with one third of the fund being set aside for administration and to provide advice and support for projects around the country.

The remaining two thirds will be awarded in grants to those pubs that fulfil the required criteria.

Pub is the Hub chief executive John Longden said: “The new community services grant is available for those licensees who wish to diversify for the benefit of their communities, but have exhausted all other avenues of funding. We are thrilled to be able to give the go ahead to the four new projects and are confident of the impact they will make on their communities. We hope other donations to the fund may enable greater support to be provided for projects by licensees around the UK.”

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