Power to Change is a national funder dedicated to supporting community business, but we have a focus on certain geographic areas which have the most potential for the sector to grow.

Bristol is one of these priority places and we have funded over 30 community business in the city and surrounding areas. We also give priority to applications from Bristol and our other priority places in  funding applications. You can see what funds are currently open here.

In addition to this, we are also working on a strategic level to support the growth of the sector in the city.

  • We’re proud to have been invited to be a partner with Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, Big Society Capital and Bristol City Council on City Funds.  Through our involvement we are aiming to make social investment more accessible to CBs and help them take the next step in their growth, whatever that may be, so they can continue to address inequality in their communities in their own way, underpinned by financial sustainability and resilience.
  • We are supporting a multi-stakeholder partnership including Bristol City Council to work together to improve the process of transferring buildings and spaces into community ownership through three ‘pathfinder’ projects.
  • We are working with partners including Quartet Community Foundation and Black South West Network to deliver capacity-building and development support to community organisations across the city.
  • We are working with partners to explore how the process of commissioning can be improved to make it more accessible to diverse organisations including community businesses.