We offer funding of up to £2,000 to local organisations and community groups.
From food banks to urban gardening projects, we recognise that grassroots activity has the power to change lives. So we’re always interested in getting behind exciting initiatives.
Please Note: The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund (grants of up to £2k) is currently suspended, therefore we are not processing or accepting applications for this fund at this time. The Community Fund will reopen in January 2021, to find out if you could be eligible for this fund and how to apply, please see the information below.
For any further enquiries, please contact CommunityTeam@midcounties.coop
Co-operative community funding could help your project take off. If you’ve got the commitment, vision and organisation, we could provide the backing to make it happen.
Who can apply?
We’re proud to support our regional communities and to apply for funding, you just need to demonstrate that you’re helping to make it better. That means being a member of The Midcounties Co-operative and being part of a group in a community with a Midcounties store.
To find out if you meet the fund criteria, click here.
Check if your project type is covered within our scheme
Your application for grant funding will be assessed by a panel of our members, who will be looking at the impact your project has on your local community, including the number of beneficiaries that any funding awarded will support; and the impact the grant will make to those beneficiaries. This will ensure that funding is awarded to community projects that demonstrate the greatest added value and measurable impact.
It will help your application if you can provide measurable examples of the economic, social, or environmental impacts that the grant will help you achieve.
Successful examples in the past have included:
- The Wiggly Worm based in Gloucestershire: This project focused on providing access to a thriving community kitchen to support predominantly those with mental health issues but also the wider community, delivering courses based on food education, ranging from preparation, cooking and sharing of food
- Hook Norton Low Carbon based in Oxfordshire: This project focused on helping the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money through education schemes, support for solar provision and insulation in homes and community buildings.
- Community First Initiative based in the West Midlands: This project focused on engaging with hard to reach young people that are maybe on the fringes of and or involved in gang culture through the provision of skills-based workshops around behaviour, consequences of actions, target setting, and employability skills.
- Justice in Motion based in Oxfordshire. The group exists to advocate social change, raise awareness of issues such as modern slavery, encourage debate and inspire action through theatrical performances, workshops and talks.
Overall we will prioritise our funding on projects demonstrating impact that align with our current priorities:
- Positive Environmental impacts for example projects that focus on or the promotion and education in the reduction of single use plastics, recycling or energy saving
- Development of young people (aged 16 – 24) developing individuals to be the best they can be through educational, training or community led projects
- Community cohesion projects that promote work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area.
- Social inclusion, for example provision of services for members of the community to overcome inequality and disadvantage arising as a result of the circumstances and challenges they find themselves in. For Example the provision of foodbank support, bespoke community run support groups or projects that develop life skills.
How does the application process work?
Apply for a Community Grant
Fill in the online application ensuring you meet the specific fund criteria.
Use your Member Dashboard to track your progress
Once your application has been submitted. You can track your application via your dashboard.
Keep an eye on your inbox
You will be contacted by us via email
If you are successful...
You will be asked to provide more information to enable us to make a payment to you, we’ll send you the funds, and a marketing pack.
Is the Community Fund not right for you?
Check out our other grants and funds below:
Democracy and equality are two of our core values. That’s why we’re always keen to get behind campaigns that are working to promote fairness and opportunity across our region. Whether you’re campaigning on anything from local NHS services to better public transport, our campaign fund could give you more vital exposure.
Local Community Grant
Every year, we provide a series of one-off local community grants worth up to £250. These can be for individual events or a little extra help for ongoing projects. If you’re trying to make a difference to your community, this could be the boost you need.
For any questions or further information about Co-operative Community Funding, please contact the Community Team by e-mail: email@example.com or by telephone: 01902 492235