The Community Business Crowdmatch fund from Power to Change has already made a massive difference to businesses across the UK!
Lockdown restrictions are easing across the UK and people are making plans to visit pubs, restaurants and shops for the first time in months. It’s an exciting time but also a scary one. Things have changed a lot over the last year but, as always, communities have come together to support each other through the upheaval.
Many businesses have needed to pivot their services or implement new ones to continue supporting their community. Not to mention those who have been starting up new businesses with an aim to help those experiencing challenges and difficulties due to the pandemic.
With an aim to support these new, emerging, or existing community businesses, Power to Change has once again teamed up with Crowdfunder with a match fund of up to £10,000! They’re particularly keen to fund projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with Black, Asian and ethnically diverse individuals and community business leaders across England.
In fact, the fund has made a world of difference already with many projects on Crowdfunder having received match funding to help them achieve their goals.
Earlier this year, Gokhan Omur enlisted the help of the crowd to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on disadvantaged ethnic minority parents and children. He aimed to provide 60 local children with learning sessions to inspire and motivate them to overcome their anxiety.
On his page, he explained, “As a father and being a migrant myself I know the challenges of recently arrived families in our neighbourhood and want to offer them a solution to improve their children’s academic skills, speed up their integration process and enable them to socialise through dedicated out of school activities.”
He went on to raise £25,000 from 107 supporters! This included the £10,000 in funding from Power to Change.
Another such project to benefit from the Community Business Crowdmatch was Kitchen Garden Enterprise! They create vocational training and horticulture activities for the community through the growing and sale of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. To expand their enterprise, they wanted to purchase a new polytunnel and packing shed.
Their project struck a chord with the community and supporters rallied around to raise £30,085, including the full £10,000 in match funding from Power to Change.
In a post on their Instagram the team celebrated their success by saying, “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We’ve done it. Thanks to every single one of your donations and our matchfunding, we’ve raised a whopping £30,000…”
They continued, “We can’t believe it and cannot wait to get started on scaling up the Kitchen Garden Enterprise. What a wonderful way to start the spring season.”
It’s clear to see just how much this match funding opportunity means to so many community businesses in England. If you have a community business, find out if you’re eligible for match funding today!