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Power to Change charitable trust

Deadline for Applications:
Wednesday, January 1, 2025

The Power to Change is an independent charitable Trust set up in 2015 to support, develop and grow community business across England.

Over the next decade, we will use £150 million provided by the Big Lottery Fund to deliver grants and practical support to encourage new community businesses to start and enable existing ones to grow and becoming more self-sustaining. We will also provide a voice for community business and raise awareness of the valuable social, economic and environmental benefits that community businesses deliver.

Community Land Trust Fund

Deadline for Applications:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Community Land Trust Fund is a specialist fund to support the development of community-led affordable housing projects in England and Wales.

We support emerging and established Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to form and build permanently affordable housing to benefit their local communities. We believe that there are extraordinary benefits from putting citizens at the centre of housing development: CLTs offer a unique way to address housing need whilst also building sustainable, vibrant communities.

South West Growth Fund

The South West Growth Fund (SWGF), the new grant programme to help businesses across the whole of the South West area grow and create wealth and jobs in the peninsula, is now open.

Funded by the Regional Growth Fund, the grant aims to support individual businesses to invest in projects that create or safeguard jobs in the private sector.

Grants of between £15,000 and £999,999 could be available to eligible growing businesses that are able to deliver job creation as part of their development plans.

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The Plunkett Foundation

Rural communities across the UK are set to benefit from a new injection of funding to help them revive their villages through community enterprise.

The Plunkett Foundation has been awarded over £450,000 from long-term supporters the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to create a new comprehensive support service for rural communities considering setting up or diversifying community-owned services – like shops and pubs – to help turn the tide on rural decline.

Naturesave Trust

 Community Renewable Energy Grants

The Naturesave Trust now provides start up 'seed corn' grants for community renewable energy projects, whatever type of renewable power generation you, as a community, are considering.

The costs involved can be onerous and The Naturesave Trust recognises that many lenders and investors may be reluctant to put money into a project at an early stage as it may or may not get past the planning stage.

£8,000 Government Grants for Electric Vans

The Government has renewed its commitment to low carbon transport by announcing (19.01.12) that the Plug-in Car Grant has been extended until 2015 and a new Plug-in Van Grant has been created.

According to the Government these grants will enable the purchase of ultra-low carbon vehicles which may otherwise be unaffordable. The existing Plug-in Car Grant offers 25% - up to £5,000 - to motorists buying a new plug-in car. Under the terms of the new scheme, van buyers will be able to receive 20% - up to £8,000 - off the cost of a plug-in van.

The Allotments Regeneration Initiative – travel bursaries for groups involved in regenerating allotment sites

Travel bursaries are available for groups of people in the UK involved in regenerating allotments to enable them to visit other allotment sites to learn good practise. Advice and support is also available at a local level from mentors.


An award of up to £300 for up to six people to visit a specified allotment site is available. To be eligible, applicants must be an allotment association, community organisation, councillor or council officer in the UK, engaged in allotment regeneration.


Dorset Community Foundation - Surviving Winter Funding

Grants are available for the provision of cold weather related services and support to elderly people within Dorset.

Applications are being considered for express funding - based on priority and need. The number and value of grant awards will be determined by the success of the Surviving Winter Appeal


British Ecological Society - Public Engagement Grant

British Ecological Society - Public Engagement Grant

Grants are available to organisations in the UK to raise awareness about the importance of ecology through engaging the public. The grants will support projects that:

Rural Renewable Energy Fund

£15 million in risk funding for community renewable energy projects has just been announced as part of the Chancellor’s autumn statement. This will mean Government support for communities to meet the upfront cost of developing renewable energy projects and thus remove a major barrier to community-driven renewable energy project development.

The brief statement can be found in the Autumn Statement document (paragraph A.117, page 64):