In September we agreed to support a further nine community businesses across the country, including community ferry boats, pubs, and Windmill Hill City Farm, who you can read about in this newsletter. We also visited community hub Coexist (pictured above).  And our Bright Ideas Fund launches today! Read up on all our October opportunities below.
Community Business Bright Ideas Fund opens today!

Our £1.85m Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open for applications! Aimed at local people who need help developing their budding community business ideas, the programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Delivered by Locality, it will offer tailored support and grants of up to £20,000.

The fund will remain open until 30 November at 12pm. Read the guidance and apply.

Third round of Community Shares Booster Programme now open

Power to Change is funding a £1million Community Shares Booster Programme, to provide support for ten community groups to develop a community share offer. This means we will match the funds a community business raises through shares. Community Shares Unit, made up of Co-operatives UK and Locality, are delivering the programme. Find out more here.
Join us at the Community Business Show 2016- North West!
We’re hosting our first Community Business Shows in the North West in association with Trinity Mirror. Come and celebrate the way that community businesses are changing the face of Manchester and Liverpool. If you’re interested or involved in community businesses, join us!
Community Business Fund round 3 dates...

Our £10million Community Business Fund will open for its final round this year on 26 October and close on 16 December 2016. Find out more..
First two 'More than a pub' community locals open

The first two community pubs have opened under our £3.62 million More than a pub programme. Delivered by Plunkett Foundation, it offers early stage support to community groups who want to set up a community pub.

The Centurion in Chester officially reopened after the community successfully negotiated an initial 12-month lease with Admiral Taverns, and the Sir Charles Napier in Blackburn became the UK’s first community-owned rock venue.

Read more about the two pubs.
15 steps to community-led regeneration
Naomi Griffith and Georgie Grant from community business Onion Collective in Watchet Somerset, outline the 15 steps a community must take to reimagine the future of their town. Read the amusing and informative blog.
Key Fund launches new £5.5m Northern Impact Fund

Social investor, Key Fund, has launched the Northern Impact Fund, aimed at new and early stage enterprises who are seeking finance to support growth.

It’s now open to applications from the Midlands, North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber. Find out more and apply.

Featured Grantee: Windmill Hill City Farm

Formed in 1976 by a volunteer group of local residents determined to see a piece of inner city wasteland put to more productive use, Windmill Hill City Farm offers educational, recreational and therapeutic activities for local people. This month we awarded this community farm in Bristol a £244,000 grant, through our Community Business Fund. It will help Windmill Hill City Farm to renovate and expand their community café and develop their work placements for adults with mental health issues. Their café will also offer a low-cost meeting space for local community organisations and venue for showcasing local produce.

Want to tackle fuel poverty?

Download this free pdf all about tackling fuel poverty in your community, produced by the Community Action Partnership. Download the free resources.
Get your hands on 6 days free Salesforce support

Need help managing all your contacts? Economic Change are offering small charities 6 free days of Salesforce Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) implementation support. Apply now!
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Coming up
1 October - Community Supported Agriculture open day, Nationwide

Visit a community supported farm near you and take part in everything from apple juicing to medicine gardening. Find out more
5 October - Transition to Trading course, London

Are you looking to transition from grant funding to trading and to secure new income stream? Get tailored support to make this change over a 6 day course. Book here.
15 October - Social Saturday, Nationwide

Social Saturday is an opportunity to join the community of social enterprises throughout the UK and encourage people to buy from businesses putting people and the planet first. Look for social enterprises taking part here.

18 October - Measuring Impact Masterclass, London  

Training for organisations who want to develop a framework, reporting process and system for measuring the social and economic impact of their projects. Register here.
20 October - Webinar: Using Salesforce CRM for Volunteer Management, London

This webinar will demonstrate how you can use Salesforce CRM and integrated third party apps to assist your team to effectively manage and support volunteers. Register here.
24 October - An Introduction to Grant Fundraising, London

This fundraising workshop is designed to help upskill charities on finding, applying for and securing grant funding from trusts, foundations and statutory sources.  Register here.
29 October - North East Social Enterprise Festival 2016, Newcastle

This festival provides a platform for social entrepreneurs to demonstrate the tools they use to fulfil their desires to make their community better. Register here.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our October newsletter, please send an email to  
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