Once you’ve had a grant from Power to Change, you’ll get access to a whole range of support to help you become better equipped for the challenges of running a community business.
Promoting your community business
We help our grantees to promote the achievements of their organisation and raise public awareness of community business. When you become a Power to Change grantee, we will give you guidance about announcing your award and can give you ongoing support with PR to celebrate every milestone. Just get in touch.
As a successful grantee, we will invite one or two of your senior management team to grantee workshops where you will hear from inspiring speakers with long-standing expertise in community business. We want to help your community thrive so our grantee workshops will help you take your general business and management skills to the next level, in courses that are tailored to the needs of community business. Grantee workshops are delivered by our partners, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Plunkett Foundation. The content is also informed by the expert input of our Community Business Panel, some of the biggest names in the field.
You will also get to meet other community businesses. We know that sharing your knowledge with your peers and learning from your respective experiences in running your enterprises will be invaluable. The networking you do and the relationships you forge will probably be the most important legacy from our grantee workshops.
Business development support
We also provide grantees with funding for specific additional business development support (BDS) across a range of areas, such as social impact measurement, business planning and community engagement. This can be provided face-to-face or remotely and will be detailed as part of your grant offer letter. Grantees access BDS through our online marketplace where you can post briefs and search for providers. Please speak to the grant administrators, BE Group, for more details.
We have developed a guide to working with consultants to help you get the best out of your BDS plus some handy advice notes and checklists on common concerns like building design, governance and consultant reporting. Please read the guide before getting started on the marketplace.