We provide direct support to grassroots groups using community organising to build civic power and win lasting change.
We help build the infrastructure organising needs to thrive, turning short-term activity into long-term change for excluded groups.
Through all our work we invest in the civic leaders committed to building power and uplifting the voices of those who need change.
These communities know what changes they need, but are often excluded from democracy and decision-making. Enabling resources to flow to them is a vital way to build civic power and secure lasting change.
This is also where some of the most exciting organising is happening, but it is often unseen by funders and unsupported by infrastructure. We want to change this.
Find out more about what drives us and why in our Vision, Mission and Values
The Civic Power Fund works to deliver outcomes which are for the public benefit and exclusively charitable.
We will geographically target our resources and support, focusing on communities traditionally excluded from democracy because of who they are and where they are from.
Alongside nationwide infrastructure support, we will also focus grassroots organising support on three areas: North Manchester, North Wales, and Hampshire and Surrey.
Towns and suburban areas here have rapidly diversified and are home to communities of British Indians, British Pakistanis, and Orthodox Jews. We will support organising that addresses shifting dynamics and develops relationships rooted in place, community, and partnership.
This area contains several of the most deprived wards in Wales. We will support organising that develops models suited to more rural and deprived areas in the UK that retain some manufacturing base and identity.
These villages and towns have, on average, higher levels of wealth and education than our other two target areas but also include pockets of deprivation. By supporting organising here, we aim to learn how building civic power might be differently conceived where towns and communities are more spread out, and dealing with different but cross-cutting challenges.