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Our team have been constantly on the move this month, from Doncaster’s community recording studio and radio station Higher Rhythm, then to Liverpool’s star community businesses: Homebaked and SAFE Regeneration and yesterday the whole Power to Change team spent the day with Bristol Ferry Boats, exploring the sites of Bristol. We love community businesses, which is why we have lots of events, funding and development opportunities for you.
Join us at the Community Business Show 2016- North West!
Brought to you in partnership with Trinity Mirror, our Community Business Show lands in Manchester next week on 1 November and then moves to Liverpool for on 23 November. The shows will celebrate the way community businesses are changing local economies. They will include:
Inspiring stories from local community businesses
  • Inspiring stories from local community businesses
  • Speed networking event with cross-sector skills matching
  • Networking opportunities between private companies and existing community businesses
  • Of course, a free lunch (with delicious Homebaked pies!)
With under a week to go, places are limited so please RSVP here to get yourself on the guest list.
Round 3 of the Community Business Fund now open!

The third round of our £10million Community Business Fund has opened for applications until 16 December.

The Community Business Fund is aimed at  existing community businesses that need funding for a business development project to become sustainable . If you’re interested in applying, have a read of our guidance and register for our FAQs webinar on 10 November for tips to make a strong application.
We're looking for leaders in the North

Are you passionate about community business? Want to change the world and bring people with you? Join the Power to Change Leadership Development programme. It will run January to June next year for leaders in the North of England.

You can apply on the RSA website until December 12. Register for our FAQs webinar to find out more.
Should you apply to Power to Change for funding?

According to our annual grantee survey, 79% of our grantees feel confident about the sustainability of their business over the next three years as a result of their Power to Change grant. You could be one of them!

You can read the full report and download the dataset here.
Invitations to tender

We will be releasing two invitation to tenders (ITTs) on 1 November to support the Power to Change Places Learning Grant.
 
The two ITTs are for an organisation or consortium to:
1) organise and host an inspirational 2-day residential learning event on the theme of place-based approaches to developing community business
2) provide a package of presentation training and support for grantees to develop and share learning about the needs, assets and opportunities for community business in their communities.

Please check our Local Funding pages for more information on or after 1 November.



Wondering how to make the most of consultants?

Due to time and resource constraints, community businesses often need to bring in outside help, so we have developed a guide to working with consultants to help community businesses to deliver what they want to do in an effective way. This guide includes some handy advice notes and checklists on common concerns like building design, governance, and consultant reporting..
 
Featured grantee: Leeds Community Homes
The 18th October was a significant day for Leeds Community Homes as they launched their community share offer. to help create 16 affordable, sustainable people-powered homes in Leeds. 

As grantees on our Community Shares Booster Programme, Power to Change will be matching any investments raised up to 100,000k, and they've already raised £25,000 in one week. You can support them too. Their share offer is open until 19 December 2016. 

Alternatively, read our  four tips to pitch your community share offer, if you think it’s an option for your
organisation, and consider applying to our Community Shares Booster Programme.




 
Win a weekend in Cornwall at the Eden Project

The Big Lunch need your views and in exchange you could be in with a shot at winning a trip to Cornwall and the Eden Project.

All you have to do is spare a few minutes to tell them about your community, so that The Big Lunch can get a deeper, more meaningful understanding of how better connected communities can impact the lives of the people living there.
Come and meet us at Locality 16'
We’re proud to be sponsors of Locality’s Annual Convention taking place in York on 8 and 9 November. Power to Change will be on hand for the two days – come and have a chat about our funding programmes at our stand or join us at the following sessions: 
  • Making the case – Using evidence to inform policy and practice.
  • Social finance – Worth the hassle?
  • Developing your community enterprise
There’s still time to book your place, so we hope to see you there
Making digital work - 12 questions for trustees to consider

Digital technology offers new opportunities for charities, and is becoming essential to how we work. This guide can help you get started.
Access free photos with photofoundation!

photofoundation is a community for people with a passion for photography who want to use their images to support good causes.

Charities can access their image library free of charge and they also donate 65% of profits from any commercial image sales to charity. Have a look for yourselves

In the news...
 
Coming up
3 November - Is a co-operative right for you? Manchester

Free one day session for anyone interested in learning more about co-operatives, enterprises and start-ups, business advisers, researchers, community organisers and others. Book here.
12 November - Rural Community Ownership Event, Hampshire

Hosted by Plunkett Foundation and Action Hampshire, this event will address a range of problems for rural communities: declining services, unemployment, isolation and loneliness. Book here.
22 November - Community Transport Association Westminster Conference, London

The conference promises to discuss making transport inclusive and accessible for all, and will have representatives from across the transport network. Register here.

23 November -  Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises, London  

This practical workshop gives you an insight into the mind-set of the people who make funding decisions and what makes them tick. Book here.
23 November - Let's Talk Good Finance North East, Durham

This workshop is part of a series of events aimed at bringing together charities and social enterprises with social investors and intermediary bodies to network, share information and discuss the latest issues relating to social finance. Register here.
Join us
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our November newsletter, please send an email to charlotte.cassedanne@thepowertochange.org.uk  
Power to Change
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