We offer funding of up to £2,000 to local organisations and community groups.
From food banks to animal welfare projects, we recognise that grassroots activity has the power to change lives. So we’re always interested in getting behind exciting initiatives.
Take a look below to find out who can apply and how, as well as some examples of groups we funded in 2020...
Please Note: The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund (grants of up to £2k) is now open for applications.
Applications for the Community Fund will close on Friday 12th February 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
We understand how difficult 2020 has been for so many people in our local communities, that's why we provide funding to keep vital community projects and groups going so they can support those most at need.
To find out if you're eligible to apply for our community fund, please check out the 'Who can Apply?' section.
Who can apply?
We’re proud to support our regional communities in any way we can.
To apply for funding, you just need to demonstrate that you’re helping to make your local community 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.
Projects We Funded in 2020
Every year we hand out funding to a wide range of applicants to ensure that they can continue to make a positive impact in their local communities. Here are just some of the recipients of our Community Fund in 2020:
The Friendship Cafe, Cheltenham & Gloucester:
- Funding was donated for new air conditioning units. As this is an inclusive community cafe that tackles loneliness and brings local people together for fun activities
Chamwell Centre Charity, Cheltenham & Gloucester:
- Funding donated was used for running costs to help the charity group to continue to help disabled young people get back into the workplace
Wem Bowling Club, Shropshire:
- This funding will be used to replace unstable floodlights on the green and help the club continue to provide engaging activities for the local community
The Katherine Allport Foundation, Cannock Chase:
- This funding has been donated to provide chemo care hampers to those starting cancer treatment in Staffordshire
Pelsall Community Centre, Walsall:
- This community centre is used for local groups and events, with the funding going towards new LED stage lighting
The Open Door Centre, Swindon:
- Funding donated has been used for running costs, so that the centre can continue to support vulnerable adults with intellectual disabilities
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 01902 492235