By Karen Demellweek, Food Depot Manager

The work our Co-op does in communities is one of the reasons I’m so proud to work here. So it’s great news that we’re now accepting applications for the Local Community Fund.

I’ve worked here for over 33 years now and while many things have changed, our commitment to communities continues to grow.

I think it’s brilliant that simply through buying Co-op products, our members are funding local causes in their area.

Do you know any local causes?

Our Community Wellbeing Index has helped us to identify three key areas which make communities safer and stronger places to live and work. We’re looking to support organisations that make a difference in their local communities, either by protecting and improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential through skills development, or promoting health and wellbeing.

In the last three years we’ve given over £40m to 16,000 community causes. This has made a real difference to these causes and allowed them to really thrive. So if you know of any causes in need of funding, tell them to visit coop.co.uk/causes, or watch this video to find out more. Applications close on the 16 June.

It’s what we do

The Local Community Fund is unique to us and is a real way we can show our customers how buying from Co-op does good. As our new branding says, ‘It’s what we do’.

I was recently part of the ‘Let’s talk about Co-op’ digital magazine where I shared why I love working for Co-op, alongside 12 of our colleagues from across the business. You can check it out here.

I loved being able to share my story and if you want to get involved, share yours on social media with the hashtag #BeingCoop.

Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. Hi, my little primary school wanted to apply but they don’t have a charity number. Can they still apply?

    • Hi, yes they can apply, as long as they are ran not for profit via the ‘something else’ option on the funding page. They’ll just need a governing document or constitution to apply.
      In addition to not for profit, this is the list of organisations that can apply:
      Organisations that can apply
      • UK registered charities
      • Scout, Guide or Woodcraft folk groups
      • Registered community amateur sports clubs (CASC)
      • Church or chapels that are ‘excepted’ charities
      • Co-operative societies
      • Credit unions
      • Community benefit societies
      • Community interest companies
      • Any other organisations that can prove they’re not run for private profit

      Thanks

  2. Hi just a quick one, my brother runs a charity which includes doing food drives (collecting food from superstores and delivering) for the less fortunate, community local projects such as fun days etc. Would he be fine to apply?

    • Hi Zermena,

      Organisations that can apply:
      • UK registered charities
      • Scout, Guide or Woodcraft folk groups
      • Registered community amateur sports clubs (CASC)
      • Church or chapels that are ‘excepted’ charities
      • Co-operative societies
      • Credit unions
      • Community benefit societies
      • Community interest companies
      • Any other organisations that can prove they’re not run for private profit

      If they’re none of the above, but are ran not for profit, they can still applying via “Something Else” option on the funding page.

      They would need a Governing document / constitution to apply.

      Thanks,

  3. Hello, just wondering if community schools around Co-op food-stores/funeral homes are welcome to apply ? (Not for profit and requiring the funding for outdoor projects that will benefit the school children’s wellbeing and that of the community) Thanks.

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