Our Community Dividend Fund has been awarded £31,980 to 21 charities and good causes, all of which support access to food, health and wellbeing, inclusion and the environment.
As part of the Fund, eligible groups can apply for between £100 to £5,000 to support all manner of projects.
Included among the recipients is Make Some Noise in Stafford, a creative wellbeing charity for children and young people who are coping with traumatic childhoods. The charity uses creativity to empower children, and Central Co-op’s funding will allow for creative mentors and food for those attending.
Another recipient is Scropton Riding for the Disabled in Derby, who provide activities with horses to help the health and wellbeing of children and adults with additional needs. This funding will allow the organisation to run taster sessions to get people involved.
“As a co-operative, supporting our communities is a key element of our ethos and an essential part of this is our Community Dividend Fund. We’re pleased to support so many good causes and initiatives that make a meaningful difference to members of our communities,” commented Society Secretary, Andy Seddon.
“Community Dividend Fund grants showcases how, by being a member and shopping at your local Central Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the community.”
To apply for funding, eligible members need to provide contact details and an explanation of what the group does, how the grant will be spent and the specific impact it will have.
Those interested can find out the full criteria and how to apply for funding by visiting https://www.centralengland.coop/community/