Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and Powering Up! capacity strengthening for community business leaders is part of this support package.

What is Powering Up?
Powering Up is a tailored support package designed to increase community business leaders’ knowledge, to provide wellbeing support and to build peer relationships to boost recovery across the sector. The programme is open to any community business in England to apply; however, we will be prioritising support to community businesses in the most deprived areas of England, as well as organisations that are supporting and led by disabled people and/or people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) groups.

What can you apply for?
The support package for community businesses will be tailored, depending on the needs of your organisation. Each organisation will be assigned a Link Worker, their role is to help you access the right support and they will be available to resolve any issues along the way.

This support can include: business skills, human resources advice including employment, redundancy and furlough, health and safety advice including Covid-19 compliance, financial planning including managing cashflow, business planning, crisis management and support to move towards digital service delivery.

Not all community businesses will need assistance in the technical areas, so we’re also offering support for community business leaders’ health and wellbeing including: coaching, peer-to-peer mentoring and resilience and wellbeing support. For more information about the full range of support, please see the guidance notes.

How can I apply?
Powering Up is now open for applications, closing Monday 1 February.


If you require any assistance completing your application form, please contact our Link Workers via: linkworker@powertochange.org.uk and leave your name, organisation name, contact phone number and some information about your request (for example “please send me the link for the application form” or “I need support to complete my application form”).
Where can I find out more?
You can find out more, including whether you are eligible to apply by reading our guidance notes.

Join us for a webinar on Monday 18 January where you’ll be able to meet the Link Workers delivering Powering Up, find out whether you are eligible to apply and ask questions in a live Q&A.

You can watch the webinar back to meet the team behind Powering Up, they’ll take you through the programme, whether your organisation will be eligible and how to apply:

* Please note, we are going through a process of reviewing our terminology, including the use of the term ‘BAME’, and will complete this review in 2021.