Applications Are Open!
We believe in putting local change in the hands of local people. That’s why we’re proud to support local community group activities that bring together people from all parts of society. Nobody knows your community like you do, so if you’ve got an idea that will make a difference or need help with a community project why not apply?
To find out if you're eligible to apply for Your Community Fund, please check out the 'Who can Apply?' section.
Who can apply?
We’ve made the application form as easy as possible. Anyone can apply as long as your project is people led and helps to build strong, diverse communities. We’ll ask you to briefly explain this in your application.
You can apply from anywhere in the UK.
Your group has to have been established for 3 months.
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 co-operative values:
- 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 to let you know whether your application has been successful or not.
If you are successful...
You will be sent an email after your project is due to end with the post-grant engagement and feedback we require from you.
Projects We've Funded
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 funding in 2021:
Hollie Gazzard Trust, Cheltenham & Gloucester:
- Funding has been used to deliver 12 half-day Healthy Relationships workshops, educating around 360 students from schools & colleges across Gloucestershire
National Childbirth Trust, Leamington & Warwick:
- Funding donated was used to support parents by providing weekly parent walks delivered by volunteers, and online breastfeeding support from a qualified breastfeeding counsellor.
Safe Places Shropshire, Shropshire:
- This funding will be used to contribute promotional items and website development to continue the project's work of providing vulnerable individuals with a number of places that they know they can go to and immediately receive support and understanding about their issues.
Ludlow & District Riding for the Disabled, Wyre Forest:
- Funding has been used to pay for a riding subsidy for the less able and disadvantaged young people (i.e. under 18’s) for which horse riding, with all its immense benefits, both physically and psychologically, would be out of reach. The funding provided will allow them to participate.
RAW Workshop, Central Oxford:
- This funding will support the running costs of their specialist programme designed to offer training placements to young people to learn woodwork and carpentry skills.
Home-Start Stroud and Gloucester, Stroud:
- Funding has supported the provision of a free 10 week volunteer training course
Is the Community Fund not right for you?
Check out our other fund 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.