The Case for Community Tech — Promising Trouble

launch of a £400,000 fund, Community Tech: Makers and Maintainers on 6 October

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I’ve signed up for the email list and might be able to attend the virtual launch, but I havem’t signed up for that.

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At the end of

From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms;
community businesses are creating great products and services, providing
employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received an
original endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015 and a
further £20million grant in 2021.
Power to Change wants to create better places through community business. Our
vision is that by 2025, more communities in England will run businesses that give
them power to change what matters to them. They will create more resilient places
that are better to live and work in for everyone

Which leads me to conclude that the fund comes from does not seem to be equipped to distribute the funds. If they end up doing it, that would be a first.

Who we support and how - Power to Change reads:

Providing free digital tools

Twine Visitor is an app that allows your visitors to sign in to your activities and events quickly and easily. The accompanying dashboard will tell you more about who you’re reaching in your community.

Twine Benchmark brings together really useful financial information from more than 650 community based businesses throughout England over a five-year period to give you a rich source of data about how they’re doing.

Twine Volunteer is a free mobile app helping your volunteers record their contributions without any paperwork, and helping you better understand the work they’re doing. It’s a hassle-free way to keep tabs on your activities and projects and how much time and effort each requires.

The rest does not seem to be a fit for webarchitects.

My guess is that the fund will be earmarked to contribute to the overall mission of and if the existing digital tools are any indication of what they are after, it is unlikely to be a good match for webarchitects.

@chris did you attend? The blog does not have updates about the event. I’ll check again in a month from now.

Sorry I didn’t attend.

Not the most exciting event of the year. I did not attend either :stuck_out_tongue:

It looks like the money is going to be spent on freelance jobs rather than grants.

Unless something thinks it is worth following, I’ll forget about it.