Whether you voted to remain in or to leave the EU, we are all facing the challenge of divided communities. Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate community businesses that bring local people together to build stronger, more inclusive communities. Good timing for our national Community Business Weekend!
Celebrate community businesses around England this weekend!

The first ever Community Business Weekend takes place on 2 and 3 July, offering everything from guided tours around locally owned businesses, and events like pop-up cinemas, BBQs and even a dog show. Find your nearest event.

Support community business on social media with a #handsupforCB photo like the one on the right.

£10m Community Business Fund reopens for applications

The second window for applications for the Power to Change Community Business Fund will open on 27 July. Through the fund, we will award grants between £50,000- £300,000 to existing community businesses in England to become more sustainable and have a greater social impact.

Deadlines for applications will be on at 12pm on 31 August. We will have another funding window in October. Read the updated guidance before you apply.

Media campaign celebrates community business in North West

Last week we launched a media campaign in the North West to raise awareness of community businesses.

The Liverpool Echo provided a great overview of what a community business is in their article ‘Power to Change: It’s time to get funding for your community business’ which featured our grantees Homebaked and Granby Four Streets. Granby’s open house event also caught their interest. And Greenslate Farm appeared in the Manchester Evening News print edition. Look out for more exciting community business stories.
Community business leaders selected in the South West

12 bright community business sparks have started their journey on the Power to Change’s South West leadership programme, including organisers from The Seed, Buckfastleigh, and The Pantry Partnership, in Salisbury.

During a six month programme commissioned by Power to Change, the RSA, will help the group develop management and leadership skills benefiting their community business and the wider sector. Participants will share their experience through a blog series, the first of which asks what is leadership?

Featured grantee: Bristol Energy

Community business Ambition Lawrence Weston in North Bristol approached Bristol Energy Co-operative, the largest community energy company in England, to set up a renewable energy scheme to benefit their local area. The £9 million solar park was part funded through a Power to Change grant which unlocked a Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) loan. The new solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes, with profits being used to reduce fuel poverty and also assist the local community in developing social, cultural, arts and sport activities.
New £4m Comic Relief Core Strength fund

Open for applications, Comic Relief’s new Core Strength £4 million fund will help strengthen up to 100 local community organisations that play a vital role in supporting local people. £1 million is dedicated to organisations that support women and girls. Deadline for applications is 27 July. Find out more.
£1000 grants available for causes around One Stop shops 

Retailer One Stop is using the money raised from 5p carrier bags to launch ‘Carriers for Causes’, a new ongoing funding programme around England. Find out more
£10,000 grants available through Big Lottery Fund Celebrate programme

On 5 July 2016 the Big Lottery Fund are launching their Celebrate programme, offering up to £10,000 to organisations to help bring people together locally. It could be to celebrate something in their local history or a local community hero, to mark something important to their community like the Queen’s 90th Birthday, or simply to get to know their neighbours better.

Awards are coming up!

Here are some worth entering:

Social enterprise Awards - Deadline 8 July. Free to enter, and with plenty of award categories across different sectors.

Beyond Sports Awards - Deadline 8 July. If you are a community sports group, you can enter the Sport for Social Inclusion Award or the Barclays Sport for Employability and Enterprise Award.

British Farming Awards - Deadline 15 July. Community farms should consider The British Farming Awards’ ‘Farming Partnership of the Year’ category.
Coming up
2 & 3 July, Community Business Weekend - Nationwide

We’ve been talking about it for months but Community Business Weekend is finally here. Check the map to see what’s on near you and support community business!
4 July, GET Social Investment Tax Relief - London

Want to get your head around Social Investment Tax Relief? Hear from charities and social enterprises who’ve set it up, as well as experts, investors and fund managers. Find out more
15 July, Working with Corporates - London 

A workshop with panel speakers and case studies outlining how you can access the right people and ensure your organisation is one corporates want to work with. Book now
10-17 July, Homebaked's 'The Return of the Thing on Rec' - Liverpool

Community bakery Homebaked are throwing a small festival on the old recreation ground behind the bakery, featuring music, great food, family activities, games, a bake off and their first ever cinema showing! Find out more
We're hiring!

Three posts have come available at Power to Change, and we would love you to join our team.

Press Manager (London/Sheffield/Bristol based)

Programme Officer (London based)

Programmes Assistant (London/Bristol based)
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our July newsletter, please send an email to  
Power to Change
The Clarence Centre
6 St George's Circus
London SE1 6FE

020 3857 7270

2016 Power to Change Trustee Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 08940987, and registered charity, no. 1159982.

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