Apply now for Community Cares Fund

15th December 2023

The region’s largest independent retailer, East of England Co-op, is inviting applications for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 from charities and organisations that support people in its trading areas across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. 

The Community Cares Fund gives financial support to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, charities and parish councils that are creating or adapting services or activities that will have a positive impact in their communities. 

The Theme for this round is Community Cohesion and Integration supporting people to play an active part in our communities to reduce barriers and inequalities and improve social contact and experiences. 

Theme Outcomes –  

      1) Improved access to social activities for all 

   2) Reduction in feelings of isolation and improved wellbeing 

      3) Supported people into education or employment 

      4) Provided Information, advice or guidance to maximise income 

      5) Evidence of partnership working or alliance formation 

Your application should fit one or more of the five theme outcomes.  

This fund is to support organisations in Colchester, Braintree, Maldon, Tendring. Near to their shops: Store finder – East of England Co-op  

The deadline to apply is Monday 15 January, 5pm. We encourage you to start your application as soon as possible; you can save it and return to it later within the funding window. If you’ve not completed and submitted your application before the funding window closes, you will receive a notification from us. 

Grant decisions will be made in February 2024.  

How to apply:  This fund is now CLOSED for applications

To apply, please fill out our online application form here.  

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your work in advance of applying, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 355947.