Power to Change to remain open for business with new National Lottery investment

Power to Change – which supports communities to create better places through business – has secured £20milllion in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. The money will enable the organisation to remain open to help community businesses navigate the Covid-19 recovery and build on its six-year legacy, which has seen community businesses in England more than double to 11,000. Run by local people, trading for the benefit of local people, community businesses are for-profit organisations that provide the services that neighborhoods need to make them thrive. Community businesses are…

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Multi-million pound Covid-19 recovery scheme launches for community-led organisations

A new £9.5million funding scheme that will support community-led organisations in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis, has been unveiled. The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown. The scheme is open to all types of community-led organisation affected by the crisis. Applications are particularly welcome from organisations led by or directly supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, which have been disproportionately affected by…

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12 community organisations launch platform to unleash new wave of community activism

Leading community sector infrastructure organisations in the UK have come together to create an online network to inspire and enable local people to act for themselves on the issues they care about in their community. My Community is the brainchild of 12 leading organisations including Power to Change, Locality, Acre, Groundwork, Local Trust, Plunkett Foundation, Co-operatives UK, MHCLG, NAVCA, New Economics Foundation, NCVO and Semble. Launching this week, it provides a go-to space of trusted resources to help people find the information they need about the support options available, while…

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Stir to Action and Power to Change partner to relaunch 20 webinars for free to support communities

Stir to Action has launched 20 webinars in partnership with Power to Change to provide free training and peer support for those playing a vital role in their local economy during and after the crisis. Now in its second year, Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme is a national series of workshops and three-day residentials that offer capacity-building training for local communities, democratic businesses, third sector organisations, and activists. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded and the distancing measures were put in place, Stir to Action wass been compelled to redevelop…

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Power to Change launches up to £12 million of emergency support to help community businesses during the coronavirus crisis

Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching up to £12 million of emergency support to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the coronavirus crisis. The crisis has highlighted the vital role that community businesses play in reviving local assets, protecting the services that people rely on, and addressing local needs. The new emergency support includes: £7 million in rescue funding for community businesses, offering grants up to £25,000 to contribute towards trading income…

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