Power to Change has suspended all current funding programmes, including Community Business Fund, 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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What is The Community Business Fund?
The fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. This could be through increasing trading income, securing an asset or significantly reducing revenue costs

Is it open for applications?
The Community Business Fund is now CLOSED.

Who can apply?
The programme is for existing community business based in England. More information on application criteria can be found in the Round 8 guidance notes.

What can you apply for?
Grants of £50,000 – £300,000 are available to cover:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs


Where can I find out more?
Find out more on the programme by reading the guidance.

We held a webinar for those interested in finding out more. You can watch that here.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

You can get in touch with our grant partner, UMi, at any point during your application process for free advice and guidance. Call our helpline on 0191 716 1003 – open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm (4.30pm on Friday). Calls are charged at no more than a national rate call to a number starting 01 or 02. Email us: cbf@weareumi.co.uk. Webchat: During helpline opening hours you can also use webchat on this page to get help with your application.

Crediton Community Book Shop

Crediton Community Book Shop received a CBF grant to purchase premises, expand services for children and create a community hub. Money from book sales goes back into the community through book fairs, school outreach, author events and reading workshops.

Bristol Ferry Boats

Bristol Ferry Boats received a CBF grant to enable the purchase of an electric ferry boat and develop training and community outreach programmes. The ferry service eases notorious traffic problems and is used by over 124,000 people every year.