About us

Power to Change’s vision is that by 2025, more communities in England will run businesses that give them power to change what matters to them. They will create more resilient places that are better to live and work in for everyone. Our new Theory of Change shows what we do to achieve this, and the changes we aim to see.

Our mission is to strengthen community businesses

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What we do..

Connect community businesses to support, resources,
and ideas to improve resilience and impact
Support community business innovation
Improve understanding of what community businesses
need and can provide
Advocate for more community ownership and
greater community power

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To change...

More impactful and resilient community businesses
Growing understanding of and support for community businesses
A more diverse, equitable and inclusive sector

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And achieve...

This will contribute to:
Community businesses to addressing
society’s challenges
Funding and support for community
businesses
Growth of the community business sector

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Our vision...
More communities in England run community
businesses that give them the power to
change what matters to them: making an
ever- increasing contribution to a fairer
greener economy, empowered communities,
and transformed places that are better to live
and work in for everyone.

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Built on our values...

We are collaborative.
We are informed.
We are bold.
We are open.
We are authentic.

Our mission is to strengthen community businesses

At Power to Change, our mission is to strengthen community businesses to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges at a local level, including the three biggest challenges of our time: climate change, digital transformation and social inequalities. 

In the next five years, using strategic funding, trusted partnerships, rigorous research, policy insight, and a strong network of remarkable community businesses who are changing the world one day at a time, Power to Change will be a catalyst for the whole sector, creating the ideas, evidence, and exemplars that can make a case for others to back community business. Ultimately, we will amplify the efforts of community businesses and put them at the heart of a fair recovery. 

We apply five values to everything we do:

We are open: We will seek partners and allies beyond the community business sector to better help the community business model go mainstream, and will be open about our learnings as we test and discover new approaches to community-led resilient places.

We are bold: Our plans are ambitious, and we will continue to enter markets where we see community businesses could thrive, and boldly speak to decision makers alongside community businesses.

We are informed: We will continue to work closely with community businesses and be informed by their lived experience and needs. We will approach new challenges with fresh eyes and take an evidence-led approach before rolling out solutions.

We are collaborative: We will continue to work with existing partners and new ones, drawing on each other’s skills to achieve what we couldn’t do alone.

We are authentic: We will integrate the priorities that we have for community businesses into our own practice. We will aim to advance dignity, justice and belonging in our own organisation, become climate positive, actively embrace digital transformation, and continuously build our own capacities in many areas.

Power to Change was set up in 2015 with a £150m endowment from The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and was due to close in 2022. Responding to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we realised that community businesses needed us more than ever. We received a further £20m from NLCF which enabled us to set out a new five-year strategy to continue supporting the sector.

Open

Bold

Informed

Collaborative

Authentic

Our impact on our grantees

£100m

funding for community businesses

2600

grants made

67%

funds to the 30% most deprived areas

11,300

total number of community businesses in 2020, up from 5,500 in 2015

1,724

unique community businesses supported
Our publications
If you would like more in-depth information about our work this is where to start…
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Young People in Community Business: Stories of Change

Young People in Community Business: Stories of Change

Community businesses can transform the progressive social intentions of younger generations into meaningful and sustainable community action. This report showcases the many ways young people came to be and are involved in community businesses.

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