Although applying for funding can sometimes be daunting, it’s often needed to truly kick start something in the community
What to consider when applying for funding
be clear on what you want the money for and how much you need
show how you’ve worked out how much you need
show that you’ve done your research
focus on how your event will benefit people and the wider community
Where to apply for funding
Research local funding providers and focus your applications on those that want to:
meet the same need as you
fund the same geographical area
fund the same target audience or group
You can apply for funding online at:
We used the Co-op Local Community Fund. This helped us raise £750 which allowed us to buy tents and take the children away camping
Find other ways to get funding
Soup events are growing in popularity in the UK. They’re crowdfunding events that bring together individuals and community groups who pitch their ideas to a room full of locals.
Everyone who turns up gives a donation, listens, enjoys some soup and votes on the idea they think is best. The winner gets to take home all the money raised on the door.
Talk to Natalie
Natalie is a Co-op Member Pioneer who helps bring people together to improve local communities. Find out more about Member Pioneers.
I’ve been a Co-op store manager for 5 years and jumped at the chance of being a Member Pioneer. I’m passionate about community and want to make a difference to people’s lives. I’ll put you in touch with other Member Pioneers in your community who can advise and help
Share your story
Do you have a story about how your community has come together to support each other?
We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.