Applications are open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The Community Business Trade Up Programme has already supported 130 community businesses. In the first cohort of the programme, community businesses typically increased their income from trading by 92% in one year. This programme runs from seven locations across England.
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Power to Change is fully funding the Community Business Trade Up Programme, so there is no cost to you, and it is providing grants of up to £10,000 (a grant is money you don’t have to pay back). Power to Change is an independent charitable trust endowed by the Big Lottery Fund. Its aim is to support community businesses in England to create better places.
They can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs exists. School for social entrepreneurs help 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. They run courses that equip people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. But they’re not a traditional school. Learning with SSE is inspiring, action-based and accessible. They support people in others ways too, such as funding and mentoring.
Lord Michael Young founded SSE in 1997, and they’ve grown to a network of schools across the UK, Canada and India. It all started in the 1990s with an amazing man called Michael Young. Michael was a serial entrepreneur who founded and co-founded dozens of organisations, including the Open University, the Consumers’ Association, and the Young Foundation (originally called the Institute of Community Studies).
The programme offers-
- A learning programme: 12 days spread over nine months
- A Match Trading grant of up to £10,000
- A community of people running organisations like yours
This programme is for community businesses who want to grow by increasing their sales (trading). A community business is run by and for a local community. Its profits are reinvested for the benefit of that community. They will be working towards these criteria:
- Locally rooted
- Accountable to the local community;
- Trading for the benefit of the local community;
- Making a broad community impact
The community businesses on this programme will have plans to grow to trade (income from sales) by at least £10,000 in the next year. Find out more in the guidance notes.Eligible Regions: Open for All.
Apply online through the given link.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link