Power to Change uses most of its endowment to directly support community businesses. We distribute our funding through open and targeted programmes, to help new community businesses start up and existing ones be more resilient. Below you can find links to all of our programmes, starting with those that are open for applications.
We encourage and welcome applications from community businesses from all backgrounds, who meet our grant requirements, and who are looking to make a real difference to the lives of their local communities.
Each programme has its own set of criteria so please read our guidance before applying. If you’re not sure which programme is for you, or if you are a community business, check out our diagnostic tool which suggests relevant programmes by which stage you’re at.
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Currently accepting applications
More than a Pub
The More than a pub programme offers business development support, advice and loan and grant funding to community groups in England to help them establish community-owned pubs. Find out more about the More than a pub programme.
Homes in Community Hands
Our Community-led Housing programme will provide support and grants to help community business groups progress projects that build or refurbish well-built, affordable and future-proof homes designed around the needs of local people. Find out more, and apply, for the Homes in Community Hands programme.
Community Shares Booster programme
Community shares are an ideal way for communities to invest in businesses that serve a community purpose. Through this programme, we offer support to get a community share offer off the ground and match fund it when you meet your target. Find out more about the Community Shares Booster programme.
Blended Funding with Key Fund
One of the ways we are making it easier for community businesses to access capital is by using our grant funding to unlock extra investment from social investors – this is known as blended funding. We are using Power to Change grant funding to unlock affordable social finance loans from Key Fund, available to community businesses who would not be able to access appropriate capital without our support. Find out more about Blended Funding with Key Fund.
Keighley Community Health Grants
GiveBradford and Power to Change have come together with the aim of creating a community led health offer in Keighley. Keighley Community Health Grants provide funding and support to community organisations and community businesses, so that they can meet the health and wellbeing needs of people in Keighley. Find out more.
OPENING SOON – Bright Ideas Fund
The Bright Ideas Fund is aimed at local groups who have a community business idea in any sector, but need help turning it into a reality. The Fund offers one to one business development support and small grants of up to £15,000 to help with feasibility, business planning, market research, community engagement, governance and more. Find out more about the Bright Ideas Fund.
Ongoing programmes, closed for applications
ONGOING – CORE Partners
Community-Owned Renewable Energy LLP (CORE Partners) is a unique £40m investment partnership between Power to Change and Big Society Capital targeting operational, solar farms in England. CORE Partners was set up to acquire and then transfer these assets into community ownership, whilst maximising the benefits to the local area. Find out more about the CORE Partners programme and acquisition opportunities.
ONGOING – City regions and counties
in Liverpool City Region, the West of England and Suffolk we are building strong partnerships with local authorities, city region mayors, local enterprise partnerships and other regionally focused organisations to see what support we can give to bring community businesses together in these areas. If you would like to know more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in star-up or capital funding, please consider our other funding programmes.
ONGOING – Empowering Places
We are working in six places across England to stimulate the growth of community businesses and build the capacity of local people to be entrepreneurial. Trusted catalyst organisations are working on the ground to do so in Plymouth, Hartlepool, Grimsby, Bradford, Leicester and Wigan.
ONGOING – Health and Social Care Community of Practice
Our Health and Social Care CoP aims to better understand the potential models for community business to succeed in addressing health and social care issues. Find out more.
Currently closed for applications
CLOSED – Community Business Fund
The Community Business Fund is aimed at existing community businesses that need funding for a business development project to make their organisation more sustainable. You can apply for grants between £50,000 and £300,000 but it is a very competitive process. Find out more about the Community Business Fund.
CLOSED – Community Business Trade Up Programme
In 2019, the Community Business Trade Up programme will help 100 community businesses across England grow by supporting them to increase their sales and provide match trade grants, so their impact can become more sustainable. Find out more about the Community Business Trade Up programme.
CLOSED – The Fore
Power to Change and The Fore have teamed up to bring The Fore’s programme of funding and strategic support to community businesses to help them to grow, develop and become more sustainable. Find out more about The Fore’s programme.
CLOSED – The Next Generation Community Energy programme
The Next Generation Community Energy programme will support the transfer of existing solar farms into community ownership and the development of new and innovative community energy projects and business models, with a package of targeted grant funding and support. Find out more about the Next Generation Fund.