Now virtual!

As part of our support to local community projects, we will be having another visit from our Soup Dragon as a way to access funding from our Community Investment Fund.

The Soup Dragon’s Den is aimed at small local community groups who need a small amount of funding to help them get going, or to grow the project to reach more people.

We have tried to keep the application process as simple as possible.


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Alternatively you can apply via application form. Applicants simply need to fill in the application form and email it to the Progress Involvement Team or post it to Sumner House, 21 King Street, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 2LW.

All applications received will be reviewed and six will be shortlisted to present their pitch at the next Soup Dragon’s Den event.

The Soup Dragon’s Den will have an open invitation for local residents and supporters of each project to attend. 

About the Soup Dragon's Den

Due to the current Covid-19 regulations we will be holding the next Soup Dragon's Den event online via Zoom. The event is free for anyone to attend and join in - you can book your place via Eventbrite (click here to visit Eventbrite to book a place). A welcome pack will be posted to attendees as unfortunately this year we can’t serve soup!

During the event, the applicants will present their pitch; it's similar to the TV show Dragon’s Den (but much friendlier), and everyone attending gets to vote for the winner - the community decides!

Once all the pitches have taken place, everyone attending the event will be asked to vote, ranking each of the six pitches in their order of preference. The votes will be counted and the winner announced at the end of the evening.

The winning applicant will receive up to £1000. The remaining five applicants will receive half of the funding they requested, or £200 (whichever is the lowest amount).

When is the next Soup Dragon's Den?

Applications for this next round have now closed. Check back here or follow us on social for the nesxt date. 

Our next Soup Dragon’s Den event will be held on Thursday 13 May 2021, 6 pm - 7.30 pm, via Zoom. You can book your virtual seat via Eventbrite by clicking here.

Click here to access the guidance notes for applications which can be found at the bottom of the application form.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the Soup Dragon's Den or want more information please contact the Progress Involvement Team by clicking here to visit our website, emailing the Progress Involvement Team at or calling us on 03333 204 555.