Summer is nearly over but there is still some time to get your application in for the Community Business Fund, plus plenty more funds and support to be had. And you can win £50 of community business produce (chocolate! pies! fruit and veg!) by telling us what you think of the community business market. Details below.
£10m Community Business Fund closes on Wednesday

The Community Business Fund will be closing on Wednesday 31 August. After which, we will be awarding grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing community businesses implement projects that will make them more sustainable.

If you are thinking of submitting an application, please read our guidance. Remember, that there will be another funding application round in October 2016.
And the Bright Sparks finalists are...
The Community Business Bright Sparks competition asked for the best community business ideas in the North West, and there was no shortage. Finalists Coppice Library and Wellbeing Centre, Sourced in Salford CIC and 4 Steps from Manchester, and Liverpool’s Litherland Remyca Football Club, Ucraft CIC and Anfield Breckside Community Council will be preparing to pitch their innovative ideas to our friendly panel at our first ever Community Business Shows in November, to win £6,000 business development support to make their idea a reality. Watch this space.
Win £50 prize for telling us about your community business

As part of our yearly analysis of the community business market,we need your help to understand how your community business is developing, how much confidence you have in your business’s future and current market trends.

Take our Community Business Market survey and be in the chance of winning £50 of community business produce.

Featured grantee: Higher Rhythm

Successfully running since 2001, Higher Rhythm is a community business in one of the most deprived areas of Doncaster, which provides recording, rehearsal facilities, media and creative technology for people across Yorkshire. It’s 24/7 radio station Sine FM is run by 100 local volunteers, showcasing the voices of the community and helping local artists reach a broadcast audience of over 303,000.

In 2015, we awarded Higher Rhythm a £40,000 grant, unlocking a £50,000 social finance loan from Key Fund, so Higher Rhythm could purchase the 17 room building they rented from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. As of this week. Higher Rhythm now own the building pictured left and will be able to use it to improve and extend services they provide to the community, create more income by hosting more music industry events and have operational security from owning the asset.
Can community business transform Sheffield and Plymouth?

We believe community business makes better places. That’s why we recently started some place-based work in Sheffield and Plymouth to hear about the opportunities and issues from local people, and understand the potential for community business.

Read about our reports: Amplify Sheffield and Testing Place-based Approaches in Plymouth.

Up to £1000 of funding available for at least 50 projects

Just Act, the online community that helps people who want to make a difference in their local area, has now become part of the Crowdfunder family. To celebrate this, the Just Act Community Fund has been set up to give at least 50 projects up to £1000 of funding.

Crowdfunder anticipate high demand and the funds are on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply now!

Deliver the projects you have always dreamed of with £2.5m Dream Fund

The Dream Fund 2017, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery, gives organisations a chance to deliver projects they have never had the opportunity to bring to life. They are asking charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profits to deliver their dream project. Applications are open now until the 15 September. Apply here.
Could you mentor villages and help them set up a community business?

Village SOS are looking for mentors with skills and experience that could benefit rural community projects. Have a look at what’s on offer.

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Coming up
1 September- Video through the power of social media: how to tell your story and get it heard, London

This workshop will help you understand how digital video combined with a social media strategy can be used to effectively tell your community business story and get noticed by stakeholders. Register here.
3  September - Community Energy Conference: Powering forward, Oxford 

This conference focuses on rebooting the UK’s community energy sector, jointly hosted by the co-operative energy and Community Energy England. Book here.
23 September - What does an effective board look like? London

Join this workshop to explore the key factors in building an effective board, set the right agenda and get the most out of meetings. Book here.
23 September - Community Investment Strategies for Charities and Social Enterprises, London

This event looks at the different approaches to community investment, from community shares and crowdfunding to fundraising campaigns. Book here.
28 September - Measuring Impact Masterclass, London

This masterclass is for organisations wanting to develop a framework, reporting process and system for measuring the social and economic impact of their projects. Book here.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our September newsletter, please send an email to  
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