Column Bakehouse – the social enterprise artisan bakery, run by RIO – is today, on Valentine’s Day, [Wednesday 14 Feb 2018] launching a new initiative show some love to the neighbourhoods its cafés call home, by creating a ‘Make Things Happen’ fund to support community enterprise ideas in Devonport and Stonehouse.
Working with Power to Change and its ‘Empowering Places’ programme, Column Bakehouse is looking to invest up to £15,000 this year in enterprise ideas that will ‘Make Things Happen’ in the communities it serves and will give Bakehouse customers the choice of which projects to fund.
Column Bakehouse is looking for a wide range of submissions, from local groups and individuals looking to set up a community business, right through to established organisations working in the area, with ideas that will create real benefit for the people of Devonport & Stonehouse.
Column Bakehouse Manager Mark Du’Chesne said: “We love the communities of Devonport and Stonehouse, not only have they welcomed our Bakehouse Cafés, many in the community have become customers and friends of Column Bakehouse.”
“What better time than Valentine’s Day to launch this initiative and give some love back to the communities we serve. We can’t wait to see what ideas come forward, what community businesses might materialise from this campaign and how they will positively impact Devonport and Stonehouse.”
“I’m also delighted that we will be giving Bakehouse customers the choice of the projects we support, making a real connection between the cup of coffee or loaf of bread bought in the Bakehouse to the benefit that has to the local community.”
Applications for the new Column Bakehouse ‘Make Things Happen’ fund open on 26 February. To apply just visit www.columnbakehouse.org and complete the simple online application form. Shortlisted projects will be notified on 29 March, with Bakehouse customers voting in store for their favourites from 05 – 29 April.
Winners of the fund will be announced on Community Business Weekend, 05-06 May 2018