Co-op Community Dividend Fund

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 26th October, 2018


Grants are available to support local causes and make a positive difference across the western, central, and eastern regions of England.

Maximum Value: £ 5,000
Minimum Value: £ 100
Average Value: £ 2,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available.

The average grant is £2,000.

Extended Descriptions

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.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 26th October, 2018.

Key Criteria

Employees and members of Central England Co-operative are eligible to apply as long as they:

  • Have been a member of Central England Co-operative for at least six months.
  • Are located in the trading area of a Central England Co-operative outlet.

Grant recipients cannot apply again until two years have passed from receipt of their award.

Eligible Expenditure 

Funding is for the following four broad types of projects:

  • Contributions towards the fund-raising efforts of a school, college, community organisation or group, residential or day-care facility or hospital project.
  • Contributions towards a voluntary, self-help or not-for profit organisation other than those listed above.
  • Donations to a local charity or cause, or the local branch of a national charity that will benefit the local community, for example the provision of equipment, enhancement of the physical environment, training or education programme.
  • Contributions to environmental and social projects that will enhance the local community or raise awareness of environmental issues amongst local residents.

Building-related projects will only be considered if they relate to self-contained projects (eg classroom conversions or kitchen refurbishments).


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Start-up costs.
  • Awards that benefit one individual (for example personal equipment, bursaries or scholarships).
  • Awards for one-off events such as fetes or festivals.
  • Awards for running costs such as staff costs or room hire.
  • Contributions to major capital build/refurbishment projects.

Aplication Proceedure

Guidance notes and an online application form are available on the Co-operative's website.

The fund is highly competitive and is unable to fund all the applications it receives.

Contact the Central England Co-operative for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms are available on their website.

Contact details:
Central England Co-operative 
Central House 
Hermes Road 
WS13 6RH
0800 0501601