The fund was established in April 2013 to help UK pubs offer services to their own communities. The scheme is available nationally for rural pubs looking to expand their businesses and offers grants of up to £4,000 as well as advice.
In October, finalists attending The Morning Advertiser’s Great British Pub Awards raised £4,205 from personal donations after Pub is the Hub founder John Longden made an appeal. In May, Enterprise donated £25,000 to the scheme.
However, the organisation does not have long-term funding and exists on donations from a range of organisations from drinks and pub companies, Government, the Big Lottery and the Prince’s Countryside Fund.
In the last month alone, with help from the Community Services Fund, rural pubs have opened three shops, a post office, a book exchange and two cafés and others have run a seven-week digital skills course, a literary arts festival and live theatre events.
Pub is The Hub chairman Simon Theakston said: “As fundraising has to be a constant item on our agenda we wanted to make it easier to make donations to our Community Services Fund.”
The new online donation link shows a short film about Pub is The Hub and allows individuals or businesses to make personal donations to the organisation. Visit the site at https://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/donate/.