Our programmes

Open and upcoming programmes & funding for community businesses.

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Community Business Crowdmatch

Community Business Crowdmatch provides an incentive to maximise your crowdfunding campaign by match-funding what you raise from a crowd. Up to £10,000 to support new and existing community businesses. 

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Community Business Trade Up

Trade Up provides community businesses with the skills, support network and funding to increase income from trading, run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

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Community Shares Booster

Delivered by the Community Shares Unit and funded by Power to Change and Architectural Heritage Fund, Community Shares Booster supports community businesses that are at all stages of a community share issue.

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Financial capabilities

Our Financial Capabilities programme supports community businesses in managing their organisation’s finances, with the hope of making them more resilient and sustainable in the long term. Delivered by our partners Locality and the Women’s Organisation.

coming soon

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Leading the Way

Leading the Way offers a tailored learning programme to support the development and the impact of community enterprises in the North East of England or Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Powering Up

Powering Up is for community businesses who need support shifting from an emergency mindset to investing in future planning. The initial phase provides support for improving digital skills.