Thirty-six community groups and charities handed share of £44,000 funding boost

Posted by Rob Smyth | 08/07/2019 | Category: Community

Thirty-six projects are celebrating after sharing £44,000 in the latest payout from our Community Dividend Fund.

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.

Grants were handed out to good causes in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kettering, Leicester, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

Among the grants awarded were:

  • In Cambridgeshire, a total of £1,750 has been handed to Friends of Monkfield Park Primary School to help support a major project to revamp the 20 year old school overhaul its library and continue to encourage youngsters to read
  • Visitors to Willington Nature Reserve will soon be able to take in everything from ducks to dragonflies all year round after the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was awarded £2,000 to pay for a brand new log cabin
  • In Norfolk, a total of £1,730 will be used by Conquest Art Group to create mobile art storage units and a selection of tools for people with a range of physical disabilities
  • Rothley Community Library will spend £1,040 to create a series of community book boxes that will be situated everyway from village parks to pubs in Leicestershire
  • Birmingham Crisis Centre has been handed £3,500 to pay for the complete refurbishment of one of its accommodation units, which provides a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom for female victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Central England Co-operative Chief Executive Debbie Robinson said: “We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant for the fantastic work they do in the community.

“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how by being a member and shopping at your local Central England Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the area.”

People can apply for funding by visiting

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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