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Communitybuilders relaunched and open to applications - 17 October 2011

The £27m regeneration loan fund Communitybuilders has reopened to charities and will make up to six "flagship" investments in community regeneration projects.

The fund was set up by the Labour government to help community-led organisations become more sustainable through a mixture of loans, grants and business support. It was suspended pending a review by the Coalition government in July last year, then reopened for a time shortly afterwards for applicants who had to spend funds within a seven-week period. In March, it was made a permanently endowed fund.

For this round of funding, loans will be available for between £250,000 and £750,000, which can be used for activities such as buying and renovating property, and professional costs associated with it, or for the purchase of equipment such as vehicles and IT infrastructure.

Communitybuilders, which is managed by the Social Investment Business, will supply between 20 and 50 per cent of any funding package, with organisations expected to find the remainder from other match-funders. The fund will support up to 6 organisations.

For full scheme details, see the governmentfunding scheme page.