Friday, 11 November 2016

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund is aimed at supporting community organisations that contribute to improving the lives of Co-op members and the communities in which Co-op Food Stores and/or funeral homes are located.
A Co-op store finder can be accessed HERE, while thisLINK provides the locations of Co-op Funeralcare outlets.
No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified. In the past, applicants have received grants of up to £2,500. It is anticipated that three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK will be funded.
PLEASE NOTE: preference will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million a year.
Projects should:
o Take place in the UK or Isle of Man;
o Not finish before October 2017;
o Meet the Co-operative's values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. (In the tradition of their founders, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.)
Previous funding has been used to purchase vehicles and renovate a library’s young adult section to create a safe, vibrant space where isolated and disadvantaged young people can get together, study and learn new skills.
Applications will be accepted from:
o Registered charities;
o Small charities registered with HMRC for tax;
o Registered community amateur sports clubs (CASCs);
o Churches that are ‘excepted’ charities;
o Scout and Guide groups.
Funding is not available for:
o Solely for the purpose of paying for salaries or the running costs of an organisation;
o Projects that should legally be carried out by a public authority;
o Donations to other organisations.
The next application deadline is Friday 16 December 2016.
Applications must be submitted through the Co-op’s online application form which can be accessed via its website, where there's also a postcode checker.
Groups must provide the following information as part of their application:
o The name and address of their organisation;
o Email and phone numbers for two contacts;
o Their organisation's registration or tax reference number, if it has one;
o A good quality, colour image (max 20MB), for their project's webpage (images should feature real people and show the actual activity the project will support);
o A description of what their organisation does;
o A description of their project and how it will make a difference to the lives of local people.
For further information, visit the Co-op Local Community Fund website.
Contact details for the Fund are:
Co-operative Group
1 Angel Square
Manchester M60 0AG
Tel: 0800 0234 708

(Source: GRIN)

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