Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund is open to applications from small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man.

The Co-op Local Community Fund is provided by the Co-op Group as part of a 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. A share of the money generated from the sale of 5p carrier bags in local stores, as well as the profits from the range of reusable bags, will also contribute to the fund.

The Co-op is offering the funding as a way to support local groups that are working to benefit the lives of Co-op members and their communities.

Applications will be accepted from registered charities, small charities registered with HMRC for tax, registered community amateur sports clubs, churches that are an ‘excepted’ charity and Scout or Guide groups can apply.

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

  • Take place in the UK or Isle of Man.
  • 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.)
  • Not have religious or political aims. (Projects led by religious organisations that benefit the wider community will be considered, however.)
  • Make the best use of the funding to create the greatest possible benefit for their community.

It is anticipated that three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK will be funded. Although neither minimum nor maxium amounts have been revealed, groups have previously received grants of £2,500.

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2016.

Further information is available from the Co-op website.