Different to other funds
It’s more than just a fund, it’s a 12-month partnership.
Every time our members buy Co-op products and services during this period they are making a difference by raising money for a cause they care about. Unlike other funds, this is not distributed by coins or tokens.
Together, we’ll raise your profile in the community and encourage more Co-op members to raise money for your cause.
We do this by promoting the fund and our causes through Co-op communication channels. These include:
instore Co-op magazine
social media channels
radio, posters and screens in both Co-op food stores and funeral homes
emails to members
You can make the most of the partnership by:
encouraging your supporters to become Co-op members and support your cause
promoting your cause on social media using the resources we provide
engaging with your local Member Pioneer and Co-op colleagues
If you’re successful, you'll receive funds raised by our members in 1 payment in November 2023.
Benefits of the fund
You’ll gain extra support to help you make the most difference in your community.
Online community centre, Co-operate
When you apply for the fund, you’ll join a network of over 12,000 groups. Co-operate can help you find volunteers, equipment and resources, as well as further donations.
Even if your funding application is not successful, Co-operate is always here to help.
We’ll introduce you to your local Member Pioneer. The person who can connect you with like-minded people and offer practical advice and help throughout the 12-month partnership.
Our network of over 1,000 Member Pioneers connects communities across the UK.
Over 60,000 colleagues live and work in local communities. They care about making a difference with you.
We received £3,000 from the Local Community Fund. During this time, we had support from our local Member Pioneer. Now Co-operate is raising our profile.
Projects we support
Your project must fit 1 of these categories.
Bring people together to access food
allotments or community gardens
cooking lessons and clubs
community cafes, pantries and kitchens
holiday and breakfast clubs
Help improve people’s mental wellbeing
build social connections
emotional wellbeing support
mental wellbeing support like friendship groups
mental health support and services like counselling or therapy
sports and physical activities
Create opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference
essential life skills
intergenerational skill sharing
social action and campaigning
youth forums or groups
Help people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions
renewable energy schemes on a small scale
local rewilding projects
sustainable transport such as cycling projects
Search for projects we’ve supported in your community
We publish our grantmaking data in the open through the charity 360Giving. We do this to help improve charitable giving.
You can find out what projects we’ve supported, where they’re located and how much funding they received. To get started, visit 360Giving’s GrantNav tool.
Use the geography filter to refine your search to a specific country, region or district.
From 3 to 29 May, you can apply for the Local Community Fund.
Like most groups, we’ve had to fill in a lot of funding applications over the years, but this form was the easiest we’d ever used.
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.