Since 2007, the Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund has donated over £1 million to local communities. The fund is administered by the Central England Co-operative which serves communities by putting 1% of its trading profit back into the community. The fund has now re-opened for communities across England.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to members of the Central England Co-operative located in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire or Worcestershire.
Projects should address one or more of the following priorities:
- Contributions towards the fund-raising efforts of a school, college, community organisation or group, residential or day-care facility or hospital project.
- Contributions towards a voluntary, self-help or not-for profit organisation other than those listed above.
- Donations to a local charity or cause, or the local branch of a national charity, that will benefit the local community, for example the provision of equipment, enhancement of the physical environment, training or education programme.
- Contributions to environmental and social projects that will enhance the local community or raise awareness of environmental issues amongst local residents.
The fund is expected to be highly competitive although all applications will receive full consideration.
The deadline for applications is 28 July 2017.