£55,000 given to schools, sports groups and more

Posted by Rob Smyth | 11/08/2016 | Category: Community

Thirty-five charities and groups are celebrating after sharing £55,000 in the latest payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.

A diverse range of projects picked from across 16 counties have been handed funding, with the largest single amount given being £5,000.

Christ Church CE Primary School, in Lichfield, received the maximum sum which will be used to create a multi-use activity area for its pupils.

Weldon Parish Community Group, in Northants, Dogsthorpe Infant School, in Peterborough, Friends of Westgate School, in Leicester, and Norton Bridge Family area, in Eccleshall, Stafford, were also all handed donations to help pay for new outdoor activity equipment.

Pensioners in Suffolk will soon be able take part in a unique project after it was handed a financial boost from the fund.

Halesworth Mens’ Shed provides space and equipment for retired men and women to help create all manner of items from chairs to tables as part of a special programme to combat loneliness.

The group has been handed the grant to pay for new tools for the initiative.

Young sports stars at Dunton and Broughton Rangers Juniors FC, in Leicester, Weekly Rovers Under 7s, in Northants, Rubery FC, in Birmingham, and Lichfield City FC will be getting funding boosts to pay for new kit and footballs.

Members at Burton Latmier Town Cricket Club will soon be feeling safer after being granted £4,300 to pay for increased security after a raft of break-ins at their ground in Kettering.

Bookworms at Rykneld Primary School, in Burton, will be able to read to their hearts content after a £2,000 grant was awarded to help pay for new books to stock the school library.

Other projects that have received a funding boost include the purchase of new chairs for Eye Town Hall, in Suffolk, bedding for a charity that offers holidays for terminally ill youngsters and their families, in Norwich, a new concert bass drum for the Leicestershire Co-op Band, and new sensory equipment for Little Miracles Ramsey, in Cambridgeshire.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.

The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the East Coast.

Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “The Community Dividend reflects a key principle of our society, in that we reward the loyalty of our customers by investing in and supporting local communities.

“I would like to urge all of our members to get in touch and put forward a community cause close to their heart for the Community Dividend scheme.”
People can apply for funding by heading online and visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/ or heading in store to pick up an application form.

Potential applicants have to have been a Central England Co-operative member for six months, the project should be in the trading area of a Central England Co-operative store and all applications will need a referee.

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