Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Powering Up provides capacity strengthening support for community business leaders and their teams during this challenging time.

What is Powering Up?
The Powering Up programme allows community business leaders and their teams to access specific technical expertise, alongside professional development and wellbeing support. Each package of support will be based on the unique circumstances that community businesses find themselves in, as they adapt to the rapidly changing landscape during the COVID-19 crisis.

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: digitising your services and/or your internal systems, adapting or developing your business model, human resources advice including employment, redundancy and furlough, health and safety advice including Covid-19 compliance, financial planning including managing cashflow, crisis and change management support.

In addition to specific technical support, Powering Up is also able to offer professional development and wellbeing support to community business leaders and their teams. This includes professional and leadership coaching, peer-to-peer mentoring via a network of community business leaders 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.


The programme will stay open until we have reached capacity. Powering Up will then re-open for applications once we have provided support to applicants in the previous round.

If you require any assistance completing your application form, or any questions about the programme, please email: linkworker@powertochange.org.uk and leave your name, organisation name, contact phone number and some information about your request. We will respond as soon as possible.
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 on Thursday 29 April at 2pm for a webinar with our Link Workers and one of the programmes providers, Ubele Initiative, to find out the impact they’re having on community businesses through the programme. Register here!

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.