Up to £10,000 to support new or existing community businesses

Community businesses may look like any other business on the outside, but at their heart lie a dedicated group of local people working hard to make a difference to their areas.

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to back new or existing community businesses to deliver brilliant community-led projects.

The final deadline for applications to the programme is June 30th 2022. You do not have to have launched or completed your crowdfunding campaign in order to receive a match-funding pledge, but any applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

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Whether it’s launching new ideas to help your neighbourhood, help meet increased demand, save a community space or help bridge a funding gap, Community Business Crowdmatch will match fund what you raise from the crowd.

Power to Change will match fund up to 50% of your target, to a maximum of £10,000, as long as you can raise the rest through crowdfunding.

There’s plenty of expert support and advice available to get you started on your crowdfunding plans from Crowdfunder and our sector experts.

Want to find out more about crowdfunding? Join us at one of our free online events.

About this fund

Active Community Business Crowdmatch
Community Business Crowdmatch
Get up to £10,000

Up to £10,000 of extra funding to back community businesses such as community owned shops, hubs, pubs, sports facilities, local landmarks and more.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.


Community Business Crowdmatch is looking to support new or existing community businesses that are providing services or activities that will benefit their local community.

Eligible organisations:

1. Must demonstrate they are (or will be) a community business which has the following features:

2. Must demonstrate that the community business has charitable purposes at the heart of what it does. Charitable purposes can include:

  • the prevention or relief of poverty;
  • the advancement of education;
  • the advancement of health or the saving of lives;
  • the advancement of citizenship or community development;
  • the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science;
  • the advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
  • the relief of those in need because of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage;
  • the relief of unemployment
  • the promotion of urban and rural regeneration
  • the promotion of social inclusion

3. Must demonstrate that the community business has at least one of the following impacts on the community:

  • Reduce social isolation
  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Increase employability
  • Create better access to basic services
  • Improve local environment
  • Enable greater community cohesion
  • Foster greater community pride and empowerment

4. Must demonstrate how the funding will support the community business to start up or to become more sustainable.

5. Will have at least 3 unrelated local individuals on the management committee/board of trustees and no ‘Persons with Significant Control’ (i.e. no individuals with the power to over-ride management committee/board of trustees) – see here for further information. The fund will also not support sole traders or individuals wanting to set up a business.

6. Must have a bank account in the name of the recipient organisations which requires at least 2 signatures before applying.

7. Must be an incorporated organisation or have solid plans to incorporate within 3 months of application.

Before submitting an application please read the full Eligibility and Pledge Criteria.

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the fund Terms & Conditions.

Do you want to access this +Extra funding?

To apply for this fund, sign up and start setting up your project today

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Supported projects

Get inspired

If the last year has taught us anything it’s that it’s so important to stay connected.

Jamie Murphy from Gregson Community Association talks about their crowdfunding journey.

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Find out about crowdfunding

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you.

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How +Extra funding works

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Start a project

Create your unique page. Tell you story and explain your idea. Then set a target and how long you need to reach it.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

Spread the word to friends, professional contacts and others in your community. Tell everyone you know about your project.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

People who like your idea donate or pledge money in return for a reward they’ll receive once your project succeeds.

Learn to crowdfund

Missed our webinar?

Find out all about crowdfunding for your community business by watching this replay of this webinar, filled with hints and tips and hopefully answers to some of your questions.

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