Applications for this programme are now closed.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. This programme helps the leaders of community businesses and community-focused social enterprises in England, with:

  • A fully-funded learning programme: 12 days spread over six months
  • A grant of up to £10,000
  • A community of people running organisations like yours

In 2018, we’ll help 100 community businesses across England grow by supporting them to increase their sales, so their impact can become more sustainable.

Power to Change is fully funding this programme, and 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.

More about the programme

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 are at an early-stage: they will have already started, and will have plans to grow  trading (income from sales) by at least £10,000 in the next year.

Read about Jenni, a current student on the programme

The Match Trading grant

Students on this programme receive a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000, which can be drawn down over 12 months (January – December 2018). The grant is linked to growth over the year.

Read more about Match Trading, SSE’s innovation in grant-funding.

Read about Fiona, a current student on the programme

Applications are currently closed

The deadline for our 2018 programme closed on Monday 16th October 2017. Please check out our other learning opportunities.