About the Community Cares Fund

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Thanks to a Community Cares Grant, Emmaus Suffolk have been able to provide cooking lessons for people at risk of homelessness.

Applications for our Community Cares Fund are now closed. Thank you to everyone who has applied.

We will announce details of the successful applicants and the grants they have been awarded  in December 2022. 

About the Community Cares Fund

Who can apply?

You can apply for the East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund if you are a voluntary or community group, social enterprise organisation (VCSE), charity or Parish Council looking to create or adapt services or activities to address local needs where the East of England Co-op trades. 

You must be based in Norfolk, Suffolk or North East Essex and within a reasonable distance of one or more of our stores / branches - i.e. recipients are likely to be aware of / use our services. 

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’ 

You cannot re-apply to this fund in consecutive years, therefore there must be at least 12 months since your last end of grant report was received.

What sort of projects do you support?

We are particularly looking for applications from groups that are creating new services or are taking an innovative approach to adapting existing services and activities.

Your application 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.​ 

What grants do you provide?

We award grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

We will only consider applications where the East of England Co-op are funding 30% or more of costs.

What else do I need to know?

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. ​ 

When will grants be distributed?​ 

Funds for the latest round will be awarded in December 2022. 

How can I apply?

Applications are currently closed.