How the fund works
From 24 October 2021 to 22 October 2022 Co-op members can choose to raise funds for your cause.
For every £1 members spend on selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p will go into their membership account.
The same amount will support community organisations and local causes like you.
We spilt this equally between:
Local Community Fund. Members have raised £84 million for over 25,000 causes since 2016
Community Partnerships Fund. Co-op work with like-minded national organisations to create lasting change on the issues we care about
To collect rewards and contribute to your cause, members must swipe or scan their membership card when they shop. If they do not, you will miss out on funds.
It's important you encourage your supporters to become Co-op members.
Funding period opens on 24 October 2021
First payment in April 2022
Funding period ends on 22 October 2022
Final payment in November 2022
Applications open again in Spring 2022
Top tips to promote your cause and raise funds
1Join our live online event on 27 October
The event is hosted by April Armstrong and Kevin Duffy from the Local Community Fund team. They will explain more about how the fund works and answer your questions.
It’s happening on Wednesday 27 October at 6.30pm. To join this event, click this video link.
If you cannot attend, we'll upload the recording to this page to watch later.
2Share your page on social media
Your cause has a dedicated page on our membership website. This explains who you are and what you do, encouraging Co-op members to choose your cause.
Find the link to your page in your welcome email from firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d love to know how you’re promoting your cause. So that we can follow your updates, and share them with our followers too, use the hashtag #ItsWhatWeDo
Make sure to follow @coopuk across all social media channels.
3Download promotional materials
To help promote your cause, you can use these editable posters and social media materials:
If you’re thinking about emailing your local newspaper, use this email template.
4Join the Co-op communities Facebook group
You can connect with other local causes at the Co-op Communities Facebook group.
5Meet your local Member Pioneer
We have Member Pioneers in every community. They are your community contact, who you can give you tips, support and advice about how to promote your cause.
To get started, contact a Member Pioneer Co-ordinator who can introduce you to your local Member Pioneer.
Member Pioneers and Co-ordinators work part time and will get back to you as soon as they can.
6Advertise for free in your local community
It helps to promote your cause in person as well as online.
Contact the manager at your local Co-op food store and funeral home to find out how they can help.
For example, every Co-op food store has a community noticeboard. Why not ask if you can use this space?
If something changes
It's important to let us know if:
one of the two contacts you gave us leaves
your bank details change
you need to change the project that you use the funding for
Please email us, so that we can help: email@example.com
Include your cause ID in your email. It's 5 digits long and is on the emails that the Local Community Fund team send you.
Apply to become a cause in Spring 2022
We choose new causes every 12 months.
We support projects that are not run for private profit, but for the benefit of the local community.
Each year we support different projects. This year we're supporting projects that:
enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed communities
offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make change happen
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.