Power to Change has suspended all current funding programmes as we are focusing our attention on supporting community businesses affected by COVID-19. All future rounds of this programme are currently paused.

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Power to Change supports people to start and grow community businesses to revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs.

Community businesses help make places better, for example by saving local shops, giving more training opportunities for local people or providing affordable housing. They have four characteristics in common.

Granby Four Streets

1. Locally rooted

By locally rooted, we mean a business started by local people that will benefit the immediate community around it. Community businesses are rooted in a particular geographical place. They build on the strengths and assets of that place to address community needs.

Watch Ronnie from community-led housing development Granby Four Streets emerged from a local need.

Sheffield Live

2. Accountable to the local community

The local community must have a genuine say in how the business is run. This can be demonstrated in many ways (e.g.
membership structure, ownership, broad range of local trustees) but you must have evidence of regular community input into decision making

Watch how community media hub Sheffield Live is accountable to their community through community shares.

Crediton Community Bookshop

3. Trading for the benefit of the local community

Community businesses have a clear trading model and sell services and products in and around their local area. The way the business is run and the profits it makes are used to deliver local benefit.

Watch Dee from Crediton Community Bookshop talk about trading for community benefit

All Saints Action Network

4. That has a broad community impact

Community businesses engage with a variety of different groups in their community and deliver impact against a range of different community needs.

Watch Iftikar from All Saints Action Network talk about community impact

Need help?

Power to Change can only fund and support community businesses. If you think the business you are trying to start or grow is a community business, you can find the latest support and funding options available via the links below.