Call for expressions of interest: research that will benefit the community business sector
For the fifth time Power To Change are inviting expressions of interest (EOI) for grant funding for research projects that will benefit the community business sector in England. This is part of a two-stage process whereby EOI’s will be shortlisted for the potential to submit a full proposal.
The aim of this is to support and develop new research ideas with tangible benefits for the community business sector. This may be about identifying key success factors or barriers for community businesses in general or a particular location or sector. You may want to test one of our working hypotheses. Or proposed research may seek to inform policy around community business or raise awareness about its benefits.
Of particular interest to us are research projects which look at
- Workforce i.e. volunteers and employees
- Public services e.g. community business spin outs or community businesses emerging in this space, especially health and social care
- Community asset transfer
- Energy i.e. community owned energy businesses
- Businesses led by black and minority ethnic communities
- The economic model of community business
In this round there is £100,000 available for up to three projects seeking £20,000 to £40,000 to cover all or part of the costs of their research costs.
Ideally informed by community businesses directly, academics, freelance researchers, think tanks, community business representatives and of course community businesses themselves or those working for them are welcome to apply.
Take a look at the diverse range of previously funded projects:
- Centre for Local Economic Strategies – Anchor institutions and community business – evolving and realising potential. Read their proposal.
- New Economics Foundation – Sustainable social care, what role for community business? Read their proposal.
- Rural Action Yorkshireand Durham Community Action – research to better understand the size, scale, scope, potential growth and future pipeline of Village Halls as Community Businesses. Read their proposal.
- University of Middlesex – The Role of Community Businesses in Providing Health & Wellbeing Services – challenges, opportunities and support needs. Read their proposal.
Aside from overseeing the projects, Power To Change will ensure that the final outputs are shared with as many of the right people as possible so that projects’ findings can actively contribute to the development of the community business sector.
For more information about the process and how to apply see here.