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Apply for the Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op want to help communities come together, co-operate and make a difference.

If your project helps people access food, improves mental wellbeing or provides opportunities for young people, apply for funding.

You must apply by midnight on 30 May 2021.

Promote your group on Co-operate

When you apply for the Local Community Fund, you’ll also benefit from help and support on Co-operate. It’s our online community centre that can help you:

  • find people who can help grow your group
  • tell others about the impact you’re having in your community
  • connect with other groups and activities to grow your network

You can use Co-operate even if your funding application is not successful.

Who can apply

If you’re a group that needs funding for a particular project, use this form to apply to become a Co-op cause.

They’ll support projects that:

  • enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone
  • help improve people’s mental wellbeing
  • offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community

Your project must also:

  • take place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious group)
  • meet the Co-op’s values
  • take place or will still be running after November 2022
  • benefit your local community

Find out more about who can apply for the fund and what projects they’re unable to support

How to apply

You’ll need to do 3 things.

  1. Create or sign in to your Co-op account for free.
  2. Promote your group on Co-operate.
  3. Apply to the Local Community Fund.

You must complete your application by midnight on 30 May 2021.

If you’re successful, the funding period will begin on 24 October 2021.

What you’ll need to apply

To apply you’ll need either:

  • your group’s charity, HMRC or equivalent registration number depending on your type of group


  • a constitution document that sets out your group rules and proves that you are not run for private profit

You’ll also need:

  • your group’s bank details – money from the fund cannot be paid into personal accounts
  • proof of your group’s bank account (a bank statement or paying in slip)
  • a description of your project
  • 2 contact names, including email addresses
  • basic details of your group and what it does, including approximate annual income
  • a good quality photo showing your group in action – no logos

If you’re successful

They’ll let you know if you’re successful by October 2021.

If you are successful, you’ll be part of the Local Community Fund for 12 months from 24 October 2021 to 22 October 2022.

You’ll receive your share of the funding in 2 payments – one in April 2022 and one in November 2022.

How much funding you’ll receive

The more members that select your cause, and buy Co-op branded products and services, the more funding your project will receive.

To help you raise as much as possible during the 12-month funding period, we’ll promote you online and in Co-op stores. You’ll promote your group on Co-operate when you apply for funding too.