What Power to Change funding is available for community businesses right now? 

We launched our emergency support scheme in May 2020, for Power to Change grantees and community businesses that are members of our strategic partner organisations: Cooperatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Locality. This support scheme is now closed for applications.

All current Power to Change funding programmes are closed, and future rounds are paused for now. Please sign up to our newsletter for updates, as we endeavour to find ways to support the wider community business sector. 

What else are Power to Change doing to support community businesses right now? 

Our delivery partners are sharing all the information they’re gathering with us at Power to Change so we can work out the best possible response to the crisis, making sure we can offer our grantees the right support to get them through this difficult period. We are lobbying Government for support for community businesses, and sharing information from the daily briefings that are relevant to you. 

With our delivery partners, Locality, we hosted a webinar: Managing your community business during the Covid-19 crisis. See the presentation slides with information correct as of 1 April 2020.

For new applicants

I have applied/started to apply for a fund that was open, but is now closed. Will our community business be eligible for support?

Please contact our delivery partners for the programme you applied for. Our delivery partners will be able to give you more information in due course about your application. If you were part way through an application process, for example you submitted an application but have not yet heard back from anyone, one of our delivery partners will be in touch with you as soon as possible. They will have a record of the application you submitted, and if you meet our community business criteria will work with you to understand your current needswhich may differ from those in your original application. 

How long will Power to Change funding programmes be paused for? 

We’re working with each of our delivery partners to decide how and when we can continue to offer programme support, bearing in mind we, and our delivery partners, want to prioritise our efforts and capacity right now to support our current grantees. 

For grantees

I’m a community business that has received a Power to Change grant – will I still be able to draw down the money as planned?

Yes, our delivery partners will continue to disburse awarded grants as planned.  If your community businesses priorities have changed and you would like to discuss a variation on what the grant can be spent on, please get in touch with the programme delivery partner directly.

My community business is unable to carry out the work that Power to Change’s grant was paying for – can we ask for a grant variation?

Please contact your delivery partner to discuss what your immediate needs are, as well as how likely you think it is that you will be able to carry out the plans for which you originally received the award. Power to Change is committed to supporting all existing grantees through the crisis as most appropriate.  

My community business is facing a threat to its immediate survival, what should I do?

Please contact the delivery partner for the programme your community business was awarded support from, who will collect information and share it with Power to Change on your behalf. We are looking at what emergency funding and support can be made available to our existing grantees. 

Is Community Business Weekend still happening?

Community Business Weekend has been cancelled for 2020, but please do keep checking our websites for news of our online celebration, Community Business Festival, coming soon!