Community Cares Fund

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Thank you for your interest in the Community Cares Fund. The current window for applications is now closed. 

We will advertise the opening of the next round here and on the East of England Co-op Twitter and Facebook pages as soon as possible. 

About the Community Cares Fund

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 Essex.

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 and Wellbeing ​
  • Food Justice for all – including access to, and sharing knowledge about good quality, nutritious food.​

 Who can apply and size of grants​

The Fund will award grants of between £1000 and £5000 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.

​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. ​

Meet some of our previous Community Cares Fund grants recipients and see how our support is making a difference to them


The Community Cares Fund was set up in April 2020, as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic and our desire to allocate our community funds to charities and organisations looking to adapt, enhance and deliver much needed services to the most vulnerable in our communities during this incredibly difficult time. ​

 Our initial Fund of £230,000 was quickly added to by our generous members who donated their dividend to the fund. 

 ​With the support of our members we were able to support foodbanks helping families at crisis point, young victims of domestic violence, unpaid carers struggling in lockdown and vulnerable people shielding at home to get the medical supplies they needed.​

 ​A number of smaller but no less valuable donations were also made to a variety of groups and charities across our region. ​

Over the past year, the Community Cares Fund has enabled us to be much more responsive to the needs of people in our communities and direct our support to where it is most needed. To allow us to continue this good work, we have decided to direct the majority of our community support though the Community Cares Fund and working with the Community Foundations in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk to open it up for charities and groups to apply for grants of between £1000 and £5000.​