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Power to Change

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust set up to support community businesses to create better places across England.

The four key features of a community business are:
  • Locally rooted: They are rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to its needs. For example, that could be high levels of urban deprivation or rural isolation.
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community: 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.
  • Accountable to the local community: They are accountable to local people, for example through a community shares offer that creates members who have a voice in the business’s direction.
  • Broad 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.

Power to Change awards grants to help new and existing community businesses grow and become more sustainable via its three main grant programmes:
You may also be interested in other funding options, such as community shares or blended funding (a mix of grant and loan).

Example organisation supported: East Lancashire Football Development Association

Visit www.powertochange.org.uk for more information.

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