The Co-op has a reputation as the fluffiest of the supermarkets but did you know that the members of The Co-operative, who own it, demonstrate their commitment to their local communities by donating a share of their profits to the Cooperative Membership Community Fund?
The Fund runs a grant scheme, awarding grants of between £100 and £2,000, to innovative community projects across the UK. What's more, the Co-operative Community Fund operates on a truly local level. The money each region has to give is the money that members have donated in their area.
All sorts of community groups can apply. Grants will be given to projects that address an issue in the local community and provide long-term benefit; whether that's to do with people old or young, minority groups, green space or the built environment. You might be involved with community sport or a cultural event that's finding it tough to make ends meet. The money might help secure facilities, people, advice or other resources. The possibilities are awesome. Bexley Swimming Club (pictured) got club uniforms to help their swimmers feel part of the team and boost their confidence at competitions, something their scarce running costs couldn't have stretched to.
If you're involved with a community group, what could you make happen with a windfall from the Co-operative Community Fund? Make it happen in your area. Check the eligibility guidelines and apply now