This programme is currently closed for applications. If you applied to this programme in October 2017 you can expect to hear from us with a decision in December 2017. No further rounds are planned in 2018.

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.

The programme is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. It will help up the leaders of up to 100 community businesses across England with:

  • A learning programme of 12 days spread over six 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 January to July 2018.

Courses will run from eight locations across England; Midlands, Cornwall,  Devon (delivered from Bristol) , Ipswich, North West (mainly delivered in Liverpool), London, Winchester and Yorkshire & Humber and North East (delivered from York).