The More Than a Pub programme will see an extension of its funds, a move which has been welcomed by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
The new funding will enable more communities across England to take control of their local pub, with the support of the community business organisation the Plunkett Foundation.
This funding builds on the current More Than a Pub programme, which is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.
The programme is led by the Plunkett Foundation in collaboration with Key Fund, Co-operative and Community Finance, The Campaign for Real Ale, Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub, Locality and the BBPA.
“Pubs are at the heart of our communities and play a vital role in our lives,” comments Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA.
“Sadly though, too many are closing their doors for good.
“The More Than a Pub programme will boost community pubs across the UK and help those where there is the most impact of pub closures.
“The pub is far more than just a place to drink and the More Than a Pub programme will also aid the work of other initiatives such as Pub is the Hub to show how valuable our local pubs are.”