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A collaboration between Co-operatives UK, Power to Change and the Mayor of London

Boosting Community Business London – application form

Below is the application form for Track 1: Start‑up support application form for the Boosting Community Business London programme.

Have you read the application guidance?

Please read the guidance before starting the application. It includes a preview of the questions and there will be information you need before you start the application form.

Application form

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Privacy statement
The information captured in this application form will help Co-operatives UK, Power to Change and our funding partner The Mayor of London to review and make a decision on your application for support.
Co-operatives UK is committed to processing information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in line with our privacy policy The personal data collected on this form will be held securely and will only be used for administration purposes. You are welcome to contact us to discuss the data we hold on you at any time.
If your application is successful, we will share your personal details with relevant third parties who will deliver the programme of support. All our third-party support providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our privacy policy and they are only permitted to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
You must tick the boxes below otherwise we cannot process your application for support.

Organisation information

Contact details

Organisation address details

Social media
Co-operatives UK would like to follow/engage with you on your journey through this process. Please help us do this by providing as many of the below social media links as you can. These links will also help us to assess your application and understand more about your group/business.

Other funding and support
Have you received any other funding or support, or are you currently applying for support or funding, for example from Power to Change over the past 12 months? If so please provide details of the funder and the name of the programme and the values below.
Funder Value Is this funding secured?
Please only type in a number in the value column. The value field will not accept '£' signs, commas or any other symbols.


Support pathway

*Please note: All successful applicants will be asked to pay a commitment fee of £100 -  or £75 for members of Co-operatives UK (both figures include VAT)
Support for Existing Co-ops

Community business aims/brief description
  • Briefly describe the community business aims and purpose

Max 80 words
Community business description

  • Please provide a brief description of your community business and its overarching aims.
  • How long have you been working on this and what have you achieved so far?
  • Please describe the project or business that your community share offer intends to support?

Max 350 words
Products and services
  • What are your products and services?
  • Are you planning to take on assets such as land or buildings? Who owns the land or building? Are you planning an asset transfer (purchase) or lease? Is there an Asset of Community Value (ACV)?

Max 350 words
If your organisation is raising investment to purchase and/or refurbish a building, Power to Change expects the refurbished building to be accessible to people with disabilities and compliant with all relevant legislation. Read our disability inclusion guidance on ensuring your community business is accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities, including being legally compliant.
Customers, users and beneficiaries
  • Who are the people you are trying to help? Are they from a specific age group, gender, community? What are their needs?
  • Why are these needs not being met elsewhere? Why is your organisation well placed to meet these needs?
  • How will your project work to include groups which may, in the absence of such effort, be excluded from participation in your project? For example, people with disabilities.
  • If your community business is working with a specific group, e.g. people who are long-term unemployed, how does your work affect others in your local area? Do other people in the local area benefit from your work?
  • Try to be specific.  How many customers or users? What are their demographics?

Max 300 words
Your area
  • Please provide up to three full postcode(s) that are representative of the areas that your community business is or will be engaging with or working in.
  • We can only support community businesses located within Greater London Authority areas and where the majority of the beneficiaries are located in specific postcodes local to the Greater London Authority area.

Testing and viability
  • How have you tested your business idea? 
  • What evidence can you provide? This can be market research, feasibility study or a prototype. 
  • Are you filling a gap in the market, offering something new?
  • Have you undertaken any community engagement?  (pledges, surveys, social media, crowdfunding) 
  • Have you drafted a business plan?
  • Have you produced financial forecasts, cashflow?

Max 300 words
Community shares

Max 150 words

Max 150 words


  • Who is your core founding group?
  • How many people are involved with your community business or group?
  • What are their roles, skills and relevant experience?
  • How long have you been working together?

Max 250 words
Your eligibility
Please complete the following questions to demonstrate how your group meets the four key features of a community business

Max 300 words

Max 300 words

Max 300 words

Max 300 words
Please select which Power to Change impact goals that you will contribute towards. Please select one primary goal and one secondary goal:

Support needs
We offer a bespoke support package, which will include some or all of the following:
  • One-to-one direct advice: Delivered by experienced support providers 
  • Peer mentoring: Working with an existing co-op 
  • Bespoke skills training: Delivered to your group by experienced trainers. It will be helpful to indicate what kind of support you require and how these elements will help you to achieve your intended outcomes.    

Max 150 words

Max 150 words
Bespoke skills training

Max 150 words

Max 150 words
Peer mentoring

Max 150 words
Support providers
  • You are able to indicate a preferred support provider for all aspects of the support available as part of your application. If your application is successful, we will make every effort to allocate you your preferred support provider. However, we reserve the right to offer an alternative based on availability, geography, skills and experience. Here is the full list of support providers.
  • Do you have an existing working relationship with the selected provider? You will be asked to select the provider from a drop down list.

Max 250 words

Max 150 words
Applications are open until midnight on 12th March 2021. Applications will be assessed within 2 weeks of the closing date. 

Once we receive your completed application, groups will be contacted by Co‑operatives UK to explore your ideas and ensure that you are eligible.  If you are not eligible we will signpost you to other support. This call is an essential part of helping groups to identify the right type and level of support required. 

Applicants will hear if they have been successful or not within 8 weeks of submitting this application form. 
Number of staff
How many employees, volunteers or members do you currently have? Please only insert numbers, no text. If there are none please enter 0: 
Sector information
What sector does your community business operate in?

By 'active' we mean currently trading.

Covid-19 Impact

Max 300 words
How did you hear about us

Supporting documents

To upload more than one file please click on 'Add another response'. You can upload a maximum of 30MB in total.
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Form Submission
If you are happy with the details completed on this form, you can now submit the form. If you wish to check any details before you submit, click the previous page button. Once you have submitted this form you will be sent a confirmation email with a pdf copy of your application. 

If you experience any technical issues whilst completing this form, please contact [email protected]