Power to Change – Powering Up

Deadline 13th December 2021

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.

Click here for the Power to Change website.