Fully Funded Places

Choose a funding stream, check the eligibility criteria, and apply below.
Transforming Places Through Heritage

Apply for one of 30 fully-funded places on the High Streets: Agents of Change workshop in Bristol, Bradford or Plymouth.

High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. At the same time, communities are reimagining and regenerating local places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets, and housing.

Stir to Action are working with Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) to offer 30 fully-funded places on High Streets: Agents for Economic Change workshop in Bristol (13 Nov 2019), Bradford (19 February 2020), and Plymouth (22 April 2020), as part of AHF’s £15 million Transforming Places through Heritage programme to breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England.

Are you a charity or social enterprise with an idea for bringing a heritage building into a new sustainable use for community benefit? Find out more about how to apply below.

You can apply if:
  • Your project involves a heritage building located in a high street or town centre in England.
  • This location is the focus of a wider strategy or initiative which aims to revitalise the high street or town centre.
  • Your project is a place-based initiative.
  • You are a charity or social enterprise (a not-for-private-profit organisation).
APPLY HERE
Agroecology and Permaculture Fund

Apply for one of 20 fully funded places on any workshop on the New Economy Programme.


Are you part of an enterprise or project using agroecology or permaculture models for food, farming, or forestry? Interested in new training opportunities to take it to the next stage? We've partnered with the ethical cosmetic retailer Lush to offer 20 fully funded places on Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme in Newcastle, Bradford, London, Bristol, and Plymouth.

You can apply if:
  • You are involved in a project or enterprise that uses permaculture or agroecological approaches.
  • You can outline how a workshop on the New Economy Programme will benefit the development of your enterprise or project.

APPLY HERE

Travel Fund
If you live rurally and require support to travel to a workshop, we have a £500 travel expenses fund. After applying, email your request to workshops@stirtoaction.com.

What’s Agroecology?
Agroecology is an approach to agriculture and to meeting people’s need for food which gives particular attention not only to the important goal of productivity but also and equally to the goals of sustainability, resilience, and equity.

What's Permaculture?
Permaculture is a design science grounded in natural patterns and rhythms. Permaculture provides a set of ethics and principles which allows designers to create or participate in systems, whether that’s social systems or ecosystems, in a way which “works with nature, not against nature.”

Who are Lush?
Lush invent, manufacture, and retail fresh handmade cosmetics. A beauty company with a campaigning heart, Lush operates a strict policy against animal testing and lead the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer.



Welcome to the New Economy Fund

Apply for any workshop on the programme in Newcastle, Bradford or Plymouth.


As part of the New Economy Programme’s expansion to Plymouth, Bradford, and Newcastle, we’re offering 15 fully-funded places on the programme in Bradford, Newcastle, and Plymouth.
  • You are planning to set up or are running a co-operative or community business.
  • You are based in the same region (e.g. South West, North West, or North East).
  • You can outline a particular challenge or issue that the workshop training can support.
APPLY HERE

Fully Funded Places

Choose a funding stream, check the eligibility criteria, and apply below.

Power to Change and Community Business

Local Trust

Transforming Places Through Heritage

Agroecology and Permaculture

Welcome to the New Economy

Agroecology and Permaculture Fund

Apply for one of 20 fully funded places on any workshop on the New Economy Programme.


Are you part of an enterprise or project using agroecology or permaculture models for food, farming, or forestry? Interested in new training opportunities to take it to the next stage? We've partnered with the ethical cosmetic retailer Lush to offer 20 fully funded places on Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme in Newcastle, Bradford, London, Bristol, and Plymouth.

You can apply if:
  • You are involved in a project or enterprise that uses permaculture or agroecological approaches.
  • You can outline how a workshop on the New Economy Programme will benefit the development of your enterprise or project.

APPLY HERE

Travel Fund
If you live rurally and require support to travel to a workshop, we have a £500 travel expenses fund. After applying, email your request to workshops@stirtoaction.com.

What’s Agroecology?
Agroecology is an approach to agriculture and to meeting people’s need for food which gives particular attention not only to the important goal of productivity but also and equally to the goals of sustainability, resilience, and equity.

What's Permaculture?
Permaculture is a design science grounded in natural patterns and rhythms. Permaculture provides a set of ethics and principles which allows designers to create or participate in systems, whether that’s social systems or ecosystems, in a way which “works with nature, not against nature.”

Who are Lush?
Lush invent, manufacture, and retail fresh handmade cosmetics. A beauty company with a campaigning heart, Lush operates a strict policy against animal testing and lead the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer.



Welcome to the New Economy Fund

Apply for any workshop on the programme in Newcastle, Bradford or Plymouth.


As part of the New Economy Programme’s expansion to Plymouth, Bradford, and Newcastle, we’re offering 15 fully-funded places on the programme in Bradford, Newcastle, and Plymouth.
  • You are planning to set up or are running a co-operative or community business.
  • It is a place-based initiative in Newcastle, Bradford, or Plymouth.
  • You can outline a particular challenge or issue that the workshop training can support.
APPLY HERE

New Economy Programme

The New Economy Programme – a year of practical one-day workshops and three-day residentials – launched in October 2018 after a crowdfunding campaign to train 1000 people in Bristol, Oxford, London and Dorset.

Our 2019-2020 programme is now open for bookings and is relaunching in Plymouth, Bradford, Newcastle, Bristol, London, and Dorset from October 2019 to July 2020.

We also work with regional and national funding partners to offer sponsored places for those working in different sectors, such as co-operatives, digital technology, heritage, local development, food & farming, and others.

Shieldfield Art Works

1 Clarence St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YHV

Shieldfield Art Works (Previously the Holy Biscuit) is a 23 minute walk from Newcastle Central railway station, and a 10 minute walk from Manors railway station. There are a number of bus links from the stations, and it is a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Parking is available nearby at a variety of city centre locations. Limited parking is available at the venue.

There is full disabled access throughout the building and the workshop space.

Kala Sangam Arts Centre

St Peter's House, 1 Forster St, Bradford, BD1 4TY

Kala Sangam Arts Centre is next door to Bradford Cathedral, and is a  minute walk from Bradford Forster Square railway station. Parking is available nearby at a variety of city centre locations. No parking at the venue.

There is full disabled access throughout the building and the workshop space.

Fully Funded Places in Bradford

Choose a funding stream, check the eligibility criteria, and apply below.
Young People and the Local Economy

Apply for one of 20 fully-funded places on any workshop in Bradford.

We’re working with Bradford Council to offer 20 fully-funded places on Stir to Action’s New Economy Programme, part of a national training programme supporting communities to transform their local area through democratic ownership.

We think that young people (18-30) have an important role to play in their local economy, so if you have an idea that could benefit Bradford or already running a community enterprise or project that needs some support, take a look at eligibility and apply below.

You can apply if:
  • You are a Bradford resident.
  • You are 18-30 years old at the point of application.
  • You are involved in a community enterprise or project.
  • You can outline how a particular challenge could be overcome through a workshop on the programme.
APPLY HERE
About Bradford City Council
We are the youngest city in the UK and our young people have incredible energy and raw talent and when combined with the entrepreneurial spirit in Bradford and our strong communities this creates a real opportunity for the local economy and the District. We want Bradford’s young people to have brilliant opportunities to connect with the local economy and their local communities and programmes such as New Economy can be an excellent way of delivering this.

Ocean Studios

The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP

You can drive, sail or walk to Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. Find us at The Cooperage, opposite the Red telephone box. We are a 20 minute walk from Plymouth City Centre and a 30 minute walk away or a short bus journey from the train station.The ferry runs every hour from the Barbican to Royal William Yard, or you can travel from Cornwall on the Cremyll Ferry to Stonehouse. The number 34 bus travels from the City Centre and stops at the Royal William Yard Roundabout. It is a picturesque 12 minute cycle from Plymouth City Centre to Royal William Yard. Royal William Yard has plenty of paid parking in the yard.

Disabled access depends on room.

The New Room

36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE

The New Room is next to John Wesley's Chapel in the centre of Bristol. The entrance to the venue is from Horsefair. There is a second entrance from Broadmead through the chapel which is not open in the morning.

Local bus services, three Park & Ride services and Bristol Bus & Coach Station are all within a three-minute walk. Bristol Temple Meads railway station is a fifteen-minute walk and there is a taxi rank just along from the Horsefair entrance. Parking is available nearby at a variety of city centre locations. No parking at the venue.

There is full disabled access throughout the building and the workshop space.

Amnesty International UK

The Human Rights Action Centre, 17 - 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre is situated within the Shoreditch Triangle, with easy access to both the City and Brick Lane Market, the Human Rights Action Centre has excellent public transport links and is minutes’ walk from Old Street and Liverpool Street stations (Underground) and Shoreditch High Street station (Overground). It is easy to reach via many cycle routes and there is a Santander Cycle docking station just outside. No parking at the venue.

Monkton Wyld Court

Elsdon’s Lane, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6DQ

Four miles from Charmouth, Axminster and Lyme Regis. Monkton Wyld is signposted from the A35 halfway between Charmouth and Axminster. You will find the Court just opposite St Andrews Church.

The nearest train station is Axminster. The 31 bus from the station (Axminster to Lyme Regis) stops at the Hunters Lodge pub in Raymonds Hill, a pleasant thirty minutes walk away from the Monkton Wyld Court.