Applications open for Community Business Trade Up West of England

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Do you run a project or organisation that exists to improve your local community? Is it led by local people and ideally less than four years’ old? It’s tough and rewarding. But you never get the time to focus ‘on the business’ as you’re always ‘running the business’.

The FREE Community Business Trade Up programme will give you the head-space, support network and funding needed to start or diversify your income from trading. You’ll become a stronger, more sustainable community business as a result of this programme.

The programme is run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Power to Change.

This programme supports community businesses in England with:

  • A free learning programme, to help you build your income, confidence, resilience and impact

  • Up to £5,000 Match Trading grant

  • A community business peer mentor

  • An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out.

Key info

  • Learning will be online and in-person in Bristol. You can use your grant to cover travel expenses.

  • Your community business must be in England, locally rooted, ideally 4 years old or less.

They welcome applications from all community businesses and are particularly keen to support community business who meet any of these criteria:

  • Led by a board or team who are mostly from a racialised and minoritised community

  • Led by a board or team of mostly young people (aged 16-35)

  • Located in and giving support to very deprived or disadvantaged local communities

400 community businesses have benefited from this programme since 2017. Could you be next?

Discover more and apply today!