Grants of up to £300,000 for Community Businesses – 22nd May 2018 (England)

Power to Change Trust’s £10 million Community Business Fund has re-opened for applications.

Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 will be available to existing community businesses in England looking to become sustainable and self-sufficient.

Previous grants have been awarded to a wide range of businesses including:

  • Shops
  • Farms
  • Transport
  • Energy schemes
  • Community hubs.

The Community Business Fund only awards grants to incorporated organisations who are:

  • Locally rooted
  • Accountable to the community
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community
  • Delivering broad community impact.

Grants can be awarded towards:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.

The closing date for applications is the 22nd May 2018.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Viva Arts and Community Group, in Cambridgeshire.  Power to Change awarded Viva Arts a £220,000 grant through the Community Business Fund to purchase and refurbish a 19th century mill to secure a place where they can continue to provide the community with arts and culture activities to help the local area thrive.
  • Stepney City Farm in Tower Hamlets. Power to Change awarded a grant of £66,065 to recruit a full-time Grower/Trainer that will establish the volunteer-run plant and produce shop at the farm, helping to also take on and train four people for 3 days a week on six.

Useful Links:

Read the Community Business Fund FAQs.

Register for the Community Business Fund webinar ‘How to write a strong application’.

Find out if you are eligible.

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