Summer holidays may have started, but that doesn’t stop Power to Change rolling out new initiatives to support community businesses. From our £10 million Community Business Fund to our £6,000 Bright Sparks competition, carry on reading for all our latest news.
£10 million Community Business Fund re-opens for applications

The Community Business Fund is now open for more applications until 31 August. We will be awarding grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing community businesses implement projects that will make them more sustainable.

Before you submit an application, please read our guidance. There will be another funding application round in October 2016. If you want to know more about eligibility or FAQs, we recommend you sign up to our webinar this Thursday 28 12.30pm.

£6,000 for bright ideas in Merseyside and Greater Manchester

Working with the Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo, we have launched the Bright Sparks competition, inviting local people in Greater Manchester and Merseyside to submit ideas for a community business.

The big prize? A fund of £6,000 in business development support for each city to turn their ideas into reality. Finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts at a Dragon’s Den style event later this year.
Find out more and enter here.  
£750,000 Peer Network Programme open for applications
Are you an existing peer network that wants to help community businesses connect? The Power to Change Peer Network Programme is offering grants of up to £75,000. Apply now.

Thumbs up for the first Community Business Weekend!

South Tynedale Railway Society said “We had great fun here at Alston...I hope the event was a countrywide success.” And so it was!

Thanks to over 50 community businesses who took part. If you have any more feedback, please get in touch.

We look forward to Community Business Weekend 2017!
First grants awarded through Community Shares Booster Programme

There were four awarded under the Community Shares Booster Programme: Friends of Stretford Public Hall, Leeds Community Hall, Sheffield Renewables and Sutton Community Farm.

Working closely with the Community Shares Unit, run by Cooperatives UK and Locality, Power to Change has set up a £1million matching fund to turbo charge the uptake of community shares issues across England.

Alice Wharton, Programme Manager of the Community Shares Unit reflects upon the launch of the first Community Shares Booster Programme. Read here.

Featured grantee: the High Street Centre 

In October last year, Power to Change awarded a £75,000 grant to the High  Street Centre, a community business in Rawmarsh which offers after-school childcare, volunteer opportunities and room hire for community groups. High Street Centre recently held an open event, attended by John Healey MP, to celebrate the  launch of their new Power to Change funded  website and two childcare apprentices, which will enable them to expand their services.

Nicola Sharpe, Project Coordinator from the High Street Centre explained that "Power to Change funding has enabled us to focus on growth and generating income. We have had a new website built that incorporates an on-line room booking system. The site went live in June and we are already taking payment and bookings on-line. The grant has also helped us employ and train two local young people to Level 2 in Activity Leadership and grow the After School Childcare.
Get IT help for free with CITA

IT struggles getting you down? Have a look at The Charity IT Association (CITA), who are offering independent advice in a tech surgery, IT consultancy and some hands on IT project delivery, all for free.

Pride of Britain Awards create a TSB Communtiy Partner Award - perfect for community businesses!

We know that many of you deserve an award for your commitment to your communities. With a new award category especially for community partnerships, it’s the perfect opportunity to nominate either individuals or groups who have worked together as a force for good in their local community, improving the lives of people around them. Who knows, they might even make it on TV!

You can nominate anyone for a Pride of Britain Award by 2 September.

Read here for more information or to nominate someone.
Have your say about the Big Lottery Fund

The government has launched a 12-week consultation into how National Lottery money is distributed across England and the UK through the Big Lottery Fund. Have your say and support community business funding.

In the news...

Liverpool Echo – The co-operative pie business inspiring school kids to transform their communities

Chronicle Live – Linskill Centre in North Shields lands £700,000 Big Lottery windfall
Coming up
12 Aug, Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises, London

A practical workshop which will give you an insight into the mindset of the people who make funding decisions and what makes them tick. Register here.
9 Sep, The Great British High Street Awards, Nationwide

Looking for the nation’s best high streets and asking the public to help us by voting for them. Plenty of categories for high street heroes and businesses to win. Enter here by 9 September
9 Sept, Crowdfunding for Charities and Social Enterprises, London

A practical and interactive one day course for anyone interested in crowdfunding. Register here.
13 Sep, Let's Talk Good Finance, Leeds

An event to update you on the local and national trends in social finance. Meet investors, hear real investment stories and network. Register here.
New appointments

A warm welcome to Ailbhe McNabolawho is our new Head of Research and Policy.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our August newsletter, please send an email to  
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