Research project – Understanding the future potential of village halls and other community buildings as community businesses
Community First Yorkshire was one of only three organisations nationally to be awarded a grant from the Power to Change Research Institute to support community buildings as businesses.
The grant will be used to better understand the size, scale, scope, potential growth and future pipeline of Village Halls/Rural community buildings as Community Businesses.
What is a Community Business?
Community Businesses are organisations which are: Locally rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to its needs; Trade for the benefit of the local community – their income comes from things like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafes, selling produce they grow or generating energy; Accountable to the local community and deliver Broad community impact – delivering benefit and impact for their local community as a whole. They often morph into the hub of a neighbourhood, where all types of local groups gather, for example to access broadband or get training in vital life skills.