Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 31 January 2021
Grants are available for not-for-private profit organisation to support local causes and make a positive difference across the central region of England.
Maximum Value: £ 5,000
Minimum Value: £ 100
Average Value: £ 2,000
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available.
The average grant is £2,000.
The Co-op Community Dividend Fund is administered by the Central England Co-operative which serves local communities by putting 1% of its trading profit back into the community.
The cash awards are intended to help local causes and make a positive difference.
In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, Central England Co-op has made some changes to the Community Dividend Fund to provide immediate financial support for local good causes, community groups and charities who are responding to some of the most worrying impacts of the pandemic.
Many charities and organisations are suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic – incomes have fallen, demand has risen. In particular, providing the basics including food has become a challenge for many people. Isolation and lack of access to normal services means that mental health and wellbeing is a growing concern.
There is particular interest in applications from organisations that are meeting needs in these areas.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 update: Normally, grants from the fund are handed out four times a year to a wide range of organisations but, during the current crisis, it has been decided to hand grants out on a monthly basis to support those suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic and others looking to step in to help those affected.
The next deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.
Members of Central England Co-operative, including local good causes, community groups, charities, social enterprises and Community Interest Companies, are eligible to apply as long as they:
Beneficiaries must be communities in which Central England Co-operative trades. Applicants should clearly demonstrate the benefit to the community. All projects must be consistent with Co-operative values and principles.
The current priority is to provide immediate financial support for local good causes, community groups and charities who are responding to some of the most worrying impacts of the coronavirius/COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular, projects that aim to:
Applicants must be able to clearly explain the benefit to the community in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19.