Power to Change awards grants to help new and existing community businesses grow and become more sustainable.

We have two main grant programmes:

  • The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is aimed at community groups who have a community business idea but need help turning it into reality.
  • The £10 million Community Business Fund is aimed existing community businesses that need funding for a business development project to make their organisation more sustainable.


You may also be interested in other funding options, such as community shares or blended funding (a mix of grant and loan).

There will be other funding programmes going live in the course of 2016 that we will publicise through our website and newsletter.

Last year, we awarded £8 million of grant funding through our Initial Grants Programme. See what we funded on our community business map.

New Wortley is a community business outside Leeds funded by Power to Change

Community business fund

Find out more about our £10m Community Business Fund. Through the fund we will award grants between £50,000- £300,000 to existing community businesses in England to become more sustainable.

Bamford - a community business grant funded by Power to Change

What is community business?

A community business is run by local people for the social, economic and environmental benefit of their community. Find out more about what makes a community business.

Bright Ideas Fund for new community business ideas

Do you have a local community asset that you’ve saved but don’t know what it could be turned into? Or a community business idea that you don’t know how to get off the ground? If you are a community group or organisation who would like to set up a community business but need a bit of help, the new Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is for you.