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The Co-operative Community Investment Foundation

Small revenue grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available for projects that benefit local communities in areas in which Co-op food stores and funeral homes have a presence in the UK and the Isle of Man.

Projects that provide access to food and healthy eating, improve mental wellbeing, encourage biodiversity and provide opportunities for children and young people are particularly welcomed.

Application deadline: SUNDAY 11th JUNE 2023 at midnight.

Funder: The Co-operative Community Investment Foundation (founded 2002. Charity number 1093028. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 December 2021: 2,532,760 (2020: £2,311,172)).

Who can apply: registered charities, voluntary groups, Scout, Guide or Woodcraft folk groups., registered community amateur sports clubs (CASCs), churches or chapels that are ‘excepted’ charities, co-operative societies, Credit Unions, Community Benefit Societies, Community Interest Companies (CICs), and any other organisation that can prove they are not run for profit. Please note that projects must be in communities in which Co-op food stores or Funeral Homes are located.

Key words: Mental Health, Physical Health, Community Wellbeing, Food, Biodiversity, Children and Young People, Skills, Training, Revenue, Isle of Man, United Kingdom.

The Co-op Local Community Fund provides small revenue grants for projects that benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man.

This is a public voting grant programme, whereby Co-op community members vote on the project they want to support in their local community. Projects should be in communities that are served by a Co-op Food store or a Co-op Funeral Home. Up to 3 projects in each community will be selected for grant support. Priority will be given to organisations with an income of under £1 million a year.

A Co-op store locator can be accessed at this LINK, while you can find Co-op Funeral Care locations HERE (Co-op Funeral Homes is the UK’s largest funeral service provider, with over 1,000 outlets nationally).

Please note that, although the deadline for applications is Sunday 11th June 2023 and successful applicants will be announced in October 2023, the public voting process takes 12 months, meaning that funding will only be released in November 2024. Applicants should therefore align their project proposal with this timescale.

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