The Empowering Places programme is delivered by a consortium of organisations including Power to Change, Cooperatives UK the lead delivery partner, and with support from expert ‘tech leads’ at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and The New Economics Foundation (NEF).
Each catalyst organisation receives up to £1m (between July 2017 and July 2022). The catalysts also have access to a capacity support provider pool, grant funding and money to award seed grants to emerging community businesses in their areas to deliver a five-year plan. This report summarises the interim findings from an independent evaluation of the Empowering Places programme, delivered by a consortium led by Renaisi.
The aim of this evaluation is to enable Power to Change and its stakeholders to learn about how to work in places, and how community businesses can drive local change.
This profile for Hartlepool is part of a series of outputs aiming to take a developmental, learning based approach to understanding and improving the programme, and to support wider learning for similar programmes in the future. There is a separate profile for each of the six places in the programme.