ABOUT US

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 four 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.

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

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…

Empowering Places catalyst profile: Centre 4

Empowering Places catalyst profile: Centre 4

This profile for Grimsby is part of a series of outputs aiming to take a developmental, learning based approach to understanding and improving the programme, and to support wider learning for similar programmes in the future.

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Empowering Places catalyst profile: Made in Manningham

Empowering Places catalyst profile: Made in Manningham

This profile for Manningham, Bradford is part of a series of outputs aiming to take a developmental, learning based approach to understanding and improving the programme, and to support wider learning for similar programmes in the future.

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Empowering Places catalyst profile: Real Ideas

Empowering Places catalyst profile: Real Ideas

This profile for Plymouth is part of a series of outputs aiming to take a developmental, learning based approach to understanding and improving the programme, and to support wider learning for similar programmes in the future.

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