The Community Champions fund is supported by the Department for Education and Skills and the Home Office. It provides small grants, typically up to £2,000, to support individuals by developing their skills, through formal or informal training, and supporting them in driving forward community projects and passing on their expertise to others.

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) commissioned EDuce to assess the skills and knowledge developed by individuals benefiting from the Community Champions fund, in leading and taking part in community-based regeneration projects.

This research brief summarises the evaluation which aimed to assess the skills gained by local people in leading and taking part in regeneration projects, and to explore what participants do next with the skills gained from the programme suggest ways of improving Community Champions.


  • Introduction
  • Key findings
  • Aims
  • Background
  • Methodology
  • Background of Community Champions
  • Projects pursued by Community Champions
  • Achievements and benefits
  • Learning Gains
  • The less experienced Community Champions
  • Satisfaction with Community Champions
  • Conclusions