The Big Lottery Fund has announced Power to Change, a National Lottery backed scheme that is set to invest £150 million in community-led enterprises across England – the largest ever community enterprise fund.
Community enterprise champions from all across England recently gathered in Manchester to show the range of community enterprises, from a fan-owned football club to a charity which brings empty homes back into use, to a mobile greengrocer delivering fresh fruit and veg to local people who have limited access to fresh food.
Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England Chair said: “The new fund will provide communities feeling the impact of tough economic times with the opportunity to make real people powered change in their local areas. It will support people to get things done and sort out problems with enterprising new solutions. It will be open to applications from next autumn. Power to Change enables everyone to have a stake in their local community; its future growth and to take pride in restoring and revitalizing community spirit at a time of uncertainty and upheaval.”
Grants from the Big Lottery Fund will be available for community enterprises to apply for from next autumn following the establishment of a Power to Change Trust.
For further information and resources about this fund, visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/powertochange