Community grant schemes can make a real difference in an area – and now the Co-operative Community Fund is looking for people to carry out positive work in the community.
The fund is made up of donations from Co-operative members who have chosen to give a percentage of their twice-yearly share of the profits. This year The Co-operative Members have donated £1.2 million to local community groups across the country.The Co-operative Community Fund operates on a truly local level – with the money donated by members in each area given back to that region. Projects are allocated by postcode.
Grants vary from a minimum of £100 to a maximum of £2,000. And if I had £2,000 to play with, I wouldn't mind installing a few of the new-style disabled accessible kissing gates on country walks. It's no fun lifting an off-road wheelchair over a stile, but we're lucky that we still can – a disabled adult out in the countryside might just have to turn back.
Groups have to apply for the funding – an application form is available on the Co-operative Community Fund website.
To be successful a group must:
- Carry out positive work in the community (it does not have to have charitable status to apply)
- Address a community issue
- Provide a long-term benefit to the community
- Support co-operative values and principles
- Ideally be innovative in its approach