Co-op Group’s Local Community Fund

About the Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference.

The Co-op Local Community Fund is funded 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 that they can choose. In addition, a share of the money generated from sales of 5p carrier bags in local stores, plus the profits from the Group’s range of reusable bags, will contribute to the fund available.

Who can apply?

Any organisation can apply as long as it can prove it is not run for private profit and has a project in mind that benefits their local community.

Organisations that can apply include:

-community groups

-unincorporated associations

-co-operative societies

-community benefit societies

-community interest companies

-social enterprises

-companies limited by guarantee

-charities registered in the UK

-small unregistered charities (who have less than £5,000 income a year)

-organisations recognised as a charity for tax purposes by HMRC

-community amateur sports club (CASC)

-church or chapel that’s an ‘excepted’ charity

Which projects qualify?

To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

-takes place in the UK or Isle of Man

-does not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you're a religious organisation)

-meets the Co-op's values

-takes place or will still be running after October 2019

-benefits your local community

Preference will be given to projects run by small, local organisations that make a real difference to people in their community.

The first round of applications has closed on 8th April 2018. However, they are still looking for causes in some communities. Check your postcode to see if they are still accepting applications in your area. Final round of applications will close on 22nd April 2018.

To check your postcode and apply click on the link below.

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