Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund is now accepting applications for projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK.    The Co-op anticipates funding three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK and Isle of Man.  The deadline for applications is 16th December 2016.

 

The funding for this scheme is generated by the Co-op’s new membership scheme which gives a 5% reward to shoppers’ on their purchases of Co-op own-brand products and services, together with an additional 1% given to local causes of their choice.

 

  • Small, locally based voluntary and community groups including registered charities, small charities registered with the HMRC for tax, CASCs, churches that are ‘excepted’ charities, scout and guide groups can apply for grants to support projects which benefit the local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified but in the past applicants have received grants of up to £2,500.

 

To be eligible, the main activities of a project must:

  • Not finish before October 2017
  • Meet the Co-operatives values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. (In the tradition of their founders, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.)

Previous grants have been used to purchase vehicles and renovate a library’s young adult section to create a safe, vibrant space where isolated and disadvantaged young people can get together to study and learn new skills.

The deadline for applications is 16th December 2016.

 

Tel: 0800 0234 708                            E-mail: membershipcontactus@co-operative.coop