The Co-op community fund is now accepting applications for local projects or events. As a member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. Co-op members have helped raise over £14 million for local causes. This money, together with money from carrier bag sales, supports projects close to where you live. If you’re a member you can choose a local cause you want your 1% to go to. If you’re a local cause get hints and tips on how to let people know, and raise more money. If you want to be one of our local causes then you can now apply for our next round of funding, which will start in November.
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
- doesn’t 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 2018
- benefits your local community
They’ll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations.
You can’t use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.