Power to Change - Powering Up Support Package

Monday, 13 December 2021 - 12:00pm

Tailored support packages are available to support community businesses in the areas of digital growth, zero carbon and sustainability, and financial resilience, with a cross cutting theme of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Power to Change is a Charitable Trust operating in England, created in 2015 with a £150 million endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund. The trust is solely concerned with supporting Community Businesses in England over a 10-year period, after which it will cease operating.

The new Powering Up programme will run over a four-year period with multiple rounds of funding. The programme support partners are Locality, Plunkett Foundation, Cooperatives UK, Eastside Primetimers, the Ubele Initiative and Catalyst.

The initial phase of the programme is focused on community businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help their business develop and grow. Other support areas will be included in the programme during 2022.

A tailored support package worth up to £20,000 in total is available and includes:

  • Paid access to support providers (up to £9,000) who are brokered in to meet the specific needs of their community businesses over a 12-month period.
  • Professional development and wellbeing support (up to £3,000) such as leadership coaching, peer mentor, and mental health support. This support can be drawn down over the 12-month period of support.
  • An £8,000 unrestricted grant to support community business leaders, and their team, to engage in the required support of the programme. This could be to cover their time, back fill a post, purchase essential equipment, or cover other expenditure that enables growth of their community business.

It is anticipated that up to 25 community businesses will be supported in the first round.

The application window for the first round runs from 10 November to 13 December 2021.