Call for expressions of interest: research that will benefit the community business sector
For the fourth time Power to Change is 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 EOIs will be shortlisted for the potential to submit a full proposal.
The aim of the funding is to give life to 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 in 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.
Up to three projects, seeking £20,000 to £30,000 to cover all or part the costs of their research, will be funded.
Research will ideally be informed by community businesses directly and academics, freelance researchers, think tanks, and community business representatives 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 Yorkshire and 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.
Find out more information about the process and how to apply. The deadline for EOI submissions is 10th September 2018.
The open call for research funding is likely to run again in early 2019.