We hope you all had a great Easter! We’ve been busy setting up a new website, with more information about our programmes and funding, a snazzy new map of England showing the community businesses we’ve funded, and useful links to free resources to start or grow your community business. Check out our new website. 

As well as opening our £10 million Community Business Fund this month, we’re launching a programme to develop community business leaders with the RSA. A fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and become a voice for the sector. More information below.
What is a community business?

Our new £10 million Community Business Fund opens on 26 April. If you are applying for Power to Change funding, it’s important to understand what we mean by community business. The four key features we look for in a community business are:
Local roots: They are rooted in a particular place and respond to its needs. For example, Granby Four Streets is the driving force behind community-led regeneration in Liverpool.
Trading for community benefit: They are businesses. Their income comes from things like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafes, selling produce they grow or generating energy. For example, Burton Street Foundation in Sheffield.
Community control: They are accountable to local people. This can be through formal structures such as a community share offer that creates members who have a voice in the direction’s business or through more informal routes such as regular surveys and deep engagement. For example, The Angler’s Rest pub is controlled by members of Bamford Community Society.
Community impact: They benefit and impact their local community as a whole. They often morph into the hub of a neighbourhood, where all types of local groups gather, for example to access broadband or get training in vital life skills. For example, Homebaked community bakery provides employment and training for local people.

If you’d like to receive the full criteria for our £10 million Community Business Fund on 5 April, register here.
New leadership programme for community business

Commissioned by Power to Change, the RSA, in partnership with Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and Sheffield University Management School, is exploring the unique leadership challenges faced by community businesses.
Over the next two years the partnership will provide a programme that combines leadership knowledge and expertise, connections and a platform for inspiring community business leaders. Find out more and apply to the first cohort in the South West of England, please visit the RSA website. Closing date for expressions of interest: midnight on Sunday 17 April.
£3.62 million fund for local people to set up community pubs

According to recent figures released by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), 27 British pubs closed every week during the second half of 2015. But you can save your local!
Earlier this month, we launched More than a Pub, a £3.62 million, two-year Community Pub Business Support programme, jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It offers a comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding to community groups in England to help them establish community-owned pubs that can clearly demonstrate how they will bring significant social, economic and environmental benefits to their communities.

Interested? To find out more about the programme please call the programme advice line on 01993 810730 or visit
Featured grantee: Porlock Futures CIC

In December, Power to Change awarded Porlock Futures CIC a £75,125 grant to help start a community oyster farm in Somerset. The business will create local employment opportunities, train young people and contribute to local regeneration. This month, they have raised over £65,000 in community loans, which really shows how committed local people are to the success of the business. Find out more about our grantee Porlock Futures CIC.
Get to grips with incorporation

If you’re thinking of setting up a community business, it’s important to understand what it means to be incorporated. The BWB Get Legal decision tool helps you consider how you want to run your business and if incorporation is for you. Please note this does not replace full legal advice.

Updated Neighbourhood Planning guide

Want to have a say in how your neighbourhood is developed? has just released an updated Neighbourhood Planning guide to get you started.
£50,000 grants available for rural community businesses

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to rural communities in the UK. Closing date for applications: 13 April 2016. Find out more and apply.
Small charities fundraising training programme now open

The Cabinet Office is offering free fundraising training for small charities until June 2016. Learn how to develop a fundraising strategy, fundraise from trusts and foundations, develop corporate relationships, or crowdfund. More information here.
Coming up
7 April, Brighton - Community Shares Conference

Hear from influential speakers in the community shares world and meet people who have been through the process, at this free one-day conference. Register here.
21 April, London - Measuring Social Impact Masterclass

Economic Change CIC is running this workshop for those who want to develop a framework, reporting process and system for measuring the social and economic impact of their projects. Find out more and register here.
29 April, London - Excellence in Employee and Trustee Management

A good workshop for those wanting to grow their community business, run by Economic Change CIC. Find out more and register here.
Save the date
2-3rd July - Community Business Weekend

Community businesses all over England will be opening their doors to the public to help raise awareness about how local people can get involved and make a difference in their communities. We’ll have more information available about how to take part in the campaign soon…Save the date!
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