As part of our support to local community projects, we have two  Soup Dragon's Den events every year as a way to access funding from our Community Investment Fund.

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

The application process has been kept simple, so no reason not to apply!

Applications for the next Soup Dragon's Den event are open and will close Sunday 29 October 2023.

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Alternatively, you can apply via an application form. Applicants simply need to fill in the application form and email it to the Customer Voice 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 ‘live’ at the next Soup Dragon’s Den event - which will now be on Thursday 16 November 2023.

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

About the Soup Dragon's Den

We are planning for the Soup Dragon Event to be held in the community with soup, pudding, networking and ‘live’ pitching. 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 £1,000. The remaining five applicants will receive half of the funding they requested, or £200 (whichever is the lowest amount).

Soup Dragon's Den – the important stuff!

Click here to access the guidance notes for applications

Contact us

If you have any queries about the Soup Dragon's Den or want more information please contact the Customer Voice Team at or call us on 0333 320 4555.