Inviting expressions of interest for research that will benefit the community business sector

For the third time since Power to Change begun in 2015, we are inviting expressions of interest (EOI) for grant funding research projects that will benefit the community business sector in England.

This is part of a two stage process whereby EOIs will be first shortlisted for the potential to submit a full proposal.

The aim of this open call for research is to give life to 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. Equally, proposed research may seek to inform policy around community business or raise awareness about its benefits. The scope is up to you.

Up to three projects will receive funding between £20,000 to £30,000, to cover all or part  of the costs of their research project.

Ideally the research will be informed by community businesses directly. But we welcome academics, freelance researchers, think tanks, community business representatives and of course community businesses themselves to apply. Below you can find some of the research proposals that received funding through open calls in 2017.


Aside from overseeing the projects, Power to Change will ensure that the final outputs of the research 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 open call and how to apply here.  The deadline for expressions of interest is Jan 22 (12pm).

Please note,  the same open call for EOIs will reopen in June 2018 where up to three more research projects will be awarded to explore the sector.

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