My Co-op Community Dividend Fund Open for Applications – grants up to £5000 for community projects

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.

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New funding opportunity for small groups: Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2017 (UK)

Community groups in the UK have until 31st July 2017 to apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme.  There are 164 pots of £500 to be given away in 2017.  To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood.  Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members.  The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’.  The application process includes a public vote.

Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.  To give you some ideas, click the link for a list of last year’s award winners. Read more at:


Get ready to plug in for a chance to win £12,000 for your community energy idea

mandsThe M&S Community Energy Fund is back. Big, bold and brilliant – and ready to deliver £300,000 to community projects across the UK in £12,000 chunks to switch on bright ideas for renewable energy initiatives.

This year will see a public vote, crowdfunding and judges prizes for the winners. Could it be for your idea?

Applications for funding open on Monday 22 May, but you can get ahead with yours now.

Ready… set…Go

Safer Communities Fund open now for applications until the end of May…

The Safer Communities Fund has been launched to help voluntary, communitSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESy groups, charities and partners keep their communities safe and feeling safe.  Grants will be awarded in line with the outcomes and priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan.  To find out more about the plan, its outcomes and priorities and how they were decided please click here.

To apply click here