The Community Business Trade Up programme will open for applications on 12 December 2018 and will close at 1pm on 14 February. Find out if you are eligible by reading the guidance.

The Community Business Trade up programme is based on an innovative funding model where grant money of up to £10,000 is allocated in equal proportion to the additional income which your organisation can generate from trading.

Find out more and apply on the School for Social Entrepreneur website.

The programme is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. It will help the leaders of up to 80 community businesses across England with:

  • A learning programme of 12 days spread over nine months
  • A grant of up to £10,000 to match the income generated from trading
  • A community of people running organisations like yours


The programme runs from June 2019 to March 2020.

Courses will run from eight locations across England:


⊲⊲ Bristol

⊲⊲ Hampshire – Winchester

⊲⊲ Liverpool

⊲⊲ London (two cohorts)

⊲⊲ Midlands

⊲⊲ York

Case Study: Forty Hall Vineyard

A community vineyard providing volunteering opportunities and health benefits

Power to Change awarded £10,000 to Forty Hall Community Vineyard through the Trade Up programme which enabled them to continue providing their services to the community and develop their online store to sell the wine from the vineyard.

Read the case study

Case Study: Hilsea Lido

A pool taken into community hands by the people of Portsmouth

Power to Change awarded the Lido a grant of up to £10,000 through our Trade Up programme to match fund the income this community business takes from entrance fees and the takings from the adjoining Blue Lagoon tea room.

Read the case study