Lots of fantastic funds available to community businesses this month. April has seen the launch of our new Community Business Fund and we are accepting applications for this, as well as our Community Shares Booster Programme. We have also had big changes and new appointments across Power to Change, which you can find out more about in this newsletter.
Hello from Marie!

Marie Staunton has become the Interim CEO of Power to Change during the maternity leave of CEO Vidhya Alakeson. Marie, who has forty years community development experience overseas and in the UK, said “With this month’s launch of the Community Business Fund we are looking forward to increasing our support for inspiring local community led businesses.”
The Community Business Fund is open now for applications! 

Our £10m Community Business Fund is now open for applications until 5pm on 1st June. We recommend taking your time with your application, as there will be another two funding application rounds in July and October 2016.

Before you submit an application, please read our Guidance.

Featured grantee: Spacious Place Contact in Burnley 

Spacious Place Contact is a start-up community business call centre that provides training, support and employment opportunities for ex-offenders and vulnerable adults in Burnley. Awarded in July 2015, the £500,000 Power to Change grant paved the way for a £1.5 million loan from Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) to purchase and fit out Slater Terrace, a historic mill building and turn it into a 60 seat call centre and a valuable rental space for local businesses, a café and meeting space for the community.Watch this film to find out more
2nd-3rd July - Celebrate Community Business Weekend 2016 

On the first weekend of July, community businesses up and down the country will open their doors for 2016’s Community Business Weekend.

Why not open your doors? It's a perfect opportunity to let local people find out how a community business works and how they can get involved. You could even run taster sessions of your services and products to make it an interactive and fun weekend.

Visit our website for tips on planning your event.
£1m Community Shares Booster Programme open for applications! 

The second application window for our £1m Community Shares Booster Programme is now open. By buying shares in a community business, the public can become more actively involved in the prosperity of their local area. If successful, your community business will receive a small development support grant before launching your community share offer. Then, your organisation will have access to equity investment match funding from Co-operatives UK, and potentially further support linked to the investment. Your organisation will have to apply via one of CSU’s licensed practitioners.
Power to Change inspires Big Lunch stars to start community business

We were privileged to hold a workshop about community business at the Big Lunch Extras Community Camp at the Eden Project last weekend. The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009, and last year 7.29m people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for this annual celebration of community spirit. Big Lunch Extras builds on this success by encouraging and supporting people to tackle the issues that matter most in their communities. Over 60 community leading lights were invited and at least a dozen were inspired to start their own community business.
Coming up
4 May, London -Arts and Culture Finance Fair 

An informal day of drop-in sessions which will bring together providers of social investment and organisations looking to find out more, with case studies from Arts Impact Fund and Evaluating Social Impact. Find out more here.
14 May, North Yorkshire - Plunkett Foundation Regional Networking Meeting 

One of the first regional networking meetings which aim to bring together representatives from the community co-operative sector to share ideas, knowledge and advice. Opportunity to visit Clapham Community Shop and meet members of shop committee. Register here.
18 May, Leeds - The Power of Community-led Housing Partnership 

This ‘See for Yourself’ Locality event in Leeds will highlight the impressive results that can be achieved with strong community-led housing partnerships. The event will begin with a reception at Leeds University, followed by a visit to LILAC – an award winning co-housing project. Register here.
26 May, Birmingham - Social Media Masterclass 

Recognising the social media potential within charities and social enterprises is critical. This practical one day workshop helps you plan a social media strategy for your organisation. Learn to communicate more effectively. Register Here.
28 May, London - Start Up Brixton 

If you are looking to make your social business more sustainable, come and connect with passionate people to learn what it takes to start, grow and scale business. Learn through practical workshops what tricks you’re missing and what pitfalls to avoid. Register here.
In the news
The Guardian - Chief Executive Vidhya Alakeson explains her vision for Power to Change and community business in "People feel less intimidated coming to the pub than the council offices"

Manchester Evening News - "Here's how to get your hands on a share of £10m to improve your community"
New appointments
The past month has seen some new colleagues in the Power to Change team. We have four new members on our community business panel, who will give us advice from the front line: David Case from Diss Corn Hall in Norfolk; Bill Graham from New Wortley Community Centre in Leeds; Richard Noon from Meltham Carlile in West Yorkshire; Dave Chapman from Atmos Totnes in Devon.

And a warm welcome to Marie Staunton our Interim Chief Executive, and Elizabeth Corrado who is our new Director of Market Development.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our May newsletter, please send an email to  
Power to Change
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