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Entry process to capacity strengthening programme

Welcome to the Powering Up application form

Powering Up is Power to Change’s support programme for community businesses. It is a capacity strengthening programme designed to support community business leaders and their teams to access a range of expertise aimed specifically at helping them navigate the uncertainty of Covid-19 and adapt their business model in response to it.


Powering Up will offer successful applicants:

  1. An assessment of support needs with one of our Link Workers
  2. Link Workers will then support you to connect with and access the agreed support package
  3. A mix of technical (e.g. business or financial planning, governance, HR, digital) and non-technical (e.g. peer support, coaching, wellbeing) support

To be eligible for support your organisation will need to demonstrate how it is a community business and how support could help it navigate the uncertainty of Covid-19.


Please ensure you read the full guidance for eligibility criteria and the types of support available before applying.

Question 1: Previously funded and your location





Question 2: Organisation and Contact Details










This must be the legally registered name.
Address




The postcode must be in uppercase and the correct format, for example, M2 1BB, CB2 1QA or BS32 0BQ.

We are only able to support incorporated community businesses through this fund



As registered with the Charity Commission

Question 2 continued


The acronym BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and is defined as all ethnic groups except White ethnic groups

We follow the Equality’s Act 2010 for disability, where ‘you’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities

'Younger people' is defined as anyone under 30

LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), Intersex, Asexual, plus Allies and other groups. If you would like further information on any of these groups, Stonewall has a Glossary of Terms on their website


Question 3: Are you a community business?

A community business:


- Is locally rooted


You are based or working in a locally defined area/place based within the community. You build on your links within a defined geographical area. For example, a ward or constituency in a Local Authority.


- Generates income through trading, with profits reinvested to benefit the community


You have a clear trading model built into your community business, for example this could include an onsite café, hiring rooms, selling services or products, with profits then reinvested back into the community business. This will be identified within your accounts as ‘income’.


- Is accountable to its local community


You can demonstrate that the local community is involved in planning and supporting the community business. This can include, an open membership structure, local people on the board and evidence to support local accountability, your social media reach to highlight how the local community can influence the decision making.


- Has broad community impact


How can you demonstrate the impact your business has on the local community? Do you carry out an annual survey with people who use your services? Have you published an annual report? Do you engage other community businesses in the local area and share knowledge?


See Guidance notes for additional information or you can request the Power to Change Link Workers to help you complete this form.


You can use bullet points to highlight how you work in the local geographical area

Again you can use bullet points to highlight trading and the impact Covid-19 has had on that income

Again, you can use bullet points to highlight how your organisation is accountable to the local community

Have you carried out an Impact Assessment and if yes, what were the findings?
What changes have you made because of the impact & what is the impact of Covid-19 on those changes?

Question 4: Technical Support

Which areas of your business are you looking to get support in. Please only select the sections you need support with. 

Staffing issues, redundancy, furlough, changes in job specifications, hours worked, sickness, grievances
- Planning for the next 6 months effective communication during lockdown.



Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business


This can cover premises and ensuring you remain covid-19 compliant. Carrying out safety checks whilst the building is closed (Legionella, electrical and gas safety checks) Lone working and ensuring full H&S compliance in a changing environment



Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business


A complete review of your income and expenditure, have you taken out loan finance? If so how will you make the repayments? Has Covid-19 impacted your income and where can you access the right funding for your community business. Looking at 1-3- 5year financial planning. Knowing the figures will help discussions with grant makers and social investment opportunities.



Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business


Once you’ve started to understand the figures, you can look at what advice you need. Do you need a payment holiday extension? Can you renegotiate any loans or social investments. How can you re-pay? Help to set up affordable repayment plans that meet the continued community needs.



Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business


ow can you adapt and change the business, what is the best option for the community and community business? Effective business planning/modelling helps to get the Board/Trustees and the community all heading in the right direction. What are other local community businesses doing and how can you learn together?



Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business



Use this to really demonstrate the impact Covid-19 has had on your business and what the current Lockdown will mean to your community? Give examples to highlight how critical this area is, be realistic about the impact and damage to the local community.


Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business


Have you moved services online & what was the impact to the local community? Do you need support to work more effectively online within your community. What would you need to do to put your services online and is this feasible given the demographics of your local community? What would you need to change, more laptops/tablets? Free wifi access, community training? Does your business need support with your internal IT systems?



Scoring

1 - Not critical

2 - Needs to be worked on, but not impacting on the running of the business

3 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4-6 months, it will start to damage the business

4 - If it’s not resolved in the next 2-4 months, it will start to damage the business

5 - If it’s not resolved in the next 4 weeks, it will start to damage the business

Question 5: Mentoring, Coaching and Wellbeing Support

This is an opportunity to access personal development support to enable key people in the business to work through some key issues that are affecting themHaving someone to talk to outside of the business can often be a real lifeline for community leaders – use this to ensure you are looking after yourself.


Please select from one of the above:

* Peer Mentor (6-8 weeks, up to 1 hr of face to face (online) calls per week from a community business leader)

** Short term professional coach (6-8 weeks, up to 1 hr of face to face (online) calls per week from a community business leader)



Question 6: Your Availability

Be realistic, how much time can you devote to this support? Ensure you have the capacity to engage fully and delegate other tasks. Who in the management team will be doing the work and have you had the conversation with them about how much time they can free up to access this support?

Terms and Conditions

By submitting information via this form you agree to the following:


I certify that the information in this form is true and correct, that I have the authority to act on behalf of this organisation and that this proposal has been approved by the Trustees/Directors or members of my management committee. I understand that Power to Change does not and will not tolerate any form of fraud, corruption or bribery. Upon detection of fraud or any related criminal activity Power to Change works with the relevant authorities to pursue prosecution. In addition Power to Change will seek civil recovery of any funds that have not been used for the stated purposes as well as reasonable costs in seeking recovery. Power to Change will use the information you have provided on this form to make a decision about the suitability for a grant and administer successful grants, including contributing to research and evaluating the processes and impacts of the programme.


The information provided will be held on secure systems which are fully GDPR compliant. All decisions regarding grant applications are made by a panel. Successful grant application information is retained for a period of 7 years, whilst unsuccessful applications are held for a period of 2 years before being securely destroyed. We take the security and privacy of the information you provide seriously and individuals have a number of rights under data protection legislation, if you wish to find out more about how we process your information, please find our privacy policy here.

Privacy and Data Protection

Power to Change is the Data Controller in respect of the information submitted in this form.


Confidential information you provide, such as commercially sensitive data, will not be made public in any way, except as required by law. We may use non-sensitive data about awarded grants, including statistical data about applications, to promote the programme.

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