What is Empowering Places?
This programme targets funding and resources towards places that look ripe for community business with the aim to boost local economies. We believe local people are the best people to shape services which will benefit the whole area. By harnessing the combined forces of all the players in an area, we believe that community businesses can start up, thrive and achieve positive change for their neighbourhoods, helping to reduce the inequalities felt by many communities across England.
In October 2016, we invited a selection of catalyst organisations in places across England that met our criteria to apply for a Learning Grant to develop a deeper understanding of how community business could address the needs of their communities and map local assets and opportunities that could enable new community businesses to develop.
We have now selected seven local organisations to help empower their places; each will receive up to £1 million in funding and support over a period of up to five years. Alongside delivery partners and community businesses these catalyst organisations will help to create more connected and inclusive communities and improve the lives of the people who live there. We also want to demonstrate that, given the right conditions and support, community business can flourish and transform places.
Is it open for applications?
The programme is currently closed for applications.
Who can apply?
If you live in one of the Empowering Places programme places (see below), please get in touch with your local catalyst directly to see how you could get involved in creating new community businesses in your area.
- Bradford (Manningham) with Carlisle Business Centre
- Grimsby (Southward, Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park) with Centre 4
- Hartlepool (Dyke House) with Wharton Trust
- Leicester (Braunstone) with B-Inspired
- Luton (Northwell) with Marsh Farm Futures
- Wigan (Abram) with Abram Ward Community Charity
- Plymouth (Devenport and Stonehouse) with Real Ideas Organisation and Millfields Trust
What can you apply for?
Where can I find out more?
For any other queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org