Community Cares Fund

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The East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund aims to support the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSE) that are creating or adapting services or activities that will have a positive impact in the communities where the East of England Co-operative trades in Norfolk, Suffolk and North East Essex. 

PLEASE NOTE: The next round for applications will open in September 2022. 

Funding applications​ 

Funding applications must address at least one or more of these key areas:​ 

  • Community Action - including the development of physical and virtual spaces, and services that bring communities together;  ​ 
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing;​ 
  • Food Justice for All – including access to, and sharing knowledge about good quality, nutritious food.​ 

Who can apply and size of grants​ 

Please ensure you read the information below before applying. 

The Fund will award grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to support the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSE), charities and parish councils looking to create or adapt services or activities to address local needs in the areas of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex where the East of England Co-op trades. 

To find out where your nearest East of England Co-op food store, travel branch or funeral branch is click here to go to our store locator. Select the option for ‘All branches’ 

Applicants to the East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund will need to have: 

  • a management committee of at least three members; 
  • a governing document/constitution with a dissolution clause; 
  • a bank account with two unrelated signatories living at separate addresses, who must both sign for all withdrawals; 
  • an equal opportunities policy; 
  • annual accounts; 
  • management accounts (if your accounts are less than six months old) which show income, expenditure, reserves (split by restricted and unrestricted); 
  • relevant safeguarding policies if you are working with young people or vulnerable adults. 

The East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund is administered on our behalf by Suffolk Community Foundation working with Essex and Norfolk Community Foundations. 

By applying to the East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund you agree to share your data with the East of England Co-op and the Community Foundations and understand that you may be contacted for publicity purposes. 

Click here to meet some of our previous Community Cares Fund grants recipients and see how our support is making a difference to them.

​When will grants be distributed?​ 

The window for applications for this round  is now closed. 

Funds from this round will be awarded in  August 2022. 

​Successful applicants will be required to take part in marketing activities with us to promote the East of East Co-op Community Cares Fund and the work the group is undertaking in the community. ​