Power to Change Update

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We’re still here for community business
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With yet another lockdown to contend with, we know this might not have been the start to the year many of us were hoping for. Nevertheless, we’re still here to support you through whatever comes next.

Our Renewal Fund is once again open for applications from community businesses.

On a more cheerful note, Power to Change turns six next week. Looking back at the last six years of growing and supporting community business — we wouldn’t be where we are without our wonderful grantees, partners and supporters, so a huge thank you from us.
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Power up!




Is your organisation looking for further support on things like business skills, redundancy and furlough or financial planning? 

Powering Up is designed to support community business leaders by pairing them with a Link Worker to help you access the right support and resolve issues along the way. Interested?
Applications open on Monday 18 January.





Thinking of launching a Crowdfunder to support your organisation through Covid-19?
Want to have whatever you raise matched by us?
Then Community Business Crowdmatch is for you!
You could have up to £10,000 match-funded from what you raise from a crowd, whilst also helping you gain new supporters and raise your profile. 
Find your crowd



Have you thought about launching a community share offer to help support your community business?
The Community Business ReBoost Fund can help you do just that — whether you need a development grant to get going, or you’re already on the way and you’d like to have your funding matched, up to £25,000. Get a boost




Since 2017, the Empowering Places programme has supported six communities – Hartlepool; Wigan; Leicester; Bradford; Plymouth; Grimsby – to address their local needs. In this blog, programme manager Bonnie Hewson reflects on the progress of the programme, the power of funders and ambitions for the year ahead.
Read the blog


Can you spare five minutes to help SEUK’s Social Enterprise Advisory Panel inform stakeholders and drive change?
Taking part in the survey means you’ll automatically be entered into a social enterprise gifts galore prize draw.
If you have any questions please email SEUK’s Director of Research Emily Darko: [email protected]
Drive change



Applications are now open for the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, with a further £36 million available in grants to support heritage organisations across England survive the ongoing impact of Covid-19 through April to June. Grants of between £10,000 to £3 million will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.
Apply here


Applications are now open for the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, with a further £36 million available in grants to support heritage organisations across England survive the ongoing impact of Covid-19 through April to June. Grants of between £10,000 to £3 million will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.
Apply here


The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities. Microgrants of between £300 and £2,500 available.
Get funding
Upcoming events


2 February – Welcome to community business

What makes a community business? This webinar will take a deep dive into what it means to be a community business, specifically for community organisations in the Greater London authority.
Register here

11 February – What makes a successful community business?
This session is based around themes so that groups can explore issues specific to them, utilising the breadth and depth of lived experience of the community businesses. This webinar is specifically for community organisations in the Greater London area.

Register here  Power to Change
The Clarence Centre
6 St George’s Circus
London SE1 6FE
[email protected] www.powertochange.org.uk  

2020 Power to Change Trustee Ltd is a company limited guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 08940987, and registered charity no. 1159982.

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