Applications for the Coop Local Community Fund are open today

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The co-op today opened applications for its local community fund and is looking for local causes in the Tenby, Pembroke, Narberth and Whitland area to apply.

Over the past six years The Co-op has supported 41 local causes in South West Wales and from today (May 3) local groups have the opportunity to apply for funding through coop.co.uk/causes.

The fund continues to support local organizations involved in access to food, helping to improve mental well-being or providing opportunities for young people and, for the first time, causes that work for the protection of local biodiversity or the fight against climate change.

Groups looking to carry out projects in any of these areas are encouraged to apply online for the fund, which, with the help of co-op members, has raised over £85 million for almost 30,000 projects since its launch in 2016.

When Co-op members purchase selected Co-op products and services from Co-op, 2p for every £1 spent is credited to their Co-op membership account. The same amount is then donated to support national community organizations through the Community Partnership Fund and local causes through the Local Community Fund.

Members can choose the causes they want to support and, with the help of the Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index, go online to compare their community with 28,000 others across the UK. By entering a zip code, the index will reveal a community’s overall wellbeing score and indicate its performance in nine specific areas, including education, health and open spaces, helping members prioritize where to send their support.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Community and Membership Director at the Co-op, said: “Since launching the Local Community Fund, we have raised an incredible £85 million for local causes, as a direct result of the support of our members.

“Additionally, by applying for the Local Community Fund, groups will join our online community hub, Cooperatewhich can help them find additional resources, as well as other donations, making it not just a fund, but a partnership.

“Even if a funding request is not accepted, the group will still be part of a network of more than 12,000 groups on Co-operate.

“And for the first time, I’m so pleased to announce that we’ve extended the criteria to include causes that are particularly dedicated to tackling biodiversity and reducing carbon, from local community gardens to renewable energy projects. on a small scale.”

Causes that want more information about applying for the next round of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund should visit coop.co.uk/causes. Applications close on May 29, 2022.

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