The latest payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund sees 36 projects share a £44,000 pot.
The fund reinvests at least 1% of the society’s trading profit in local communities, with grants of between £100 and £5,000 handed out every three months. This round of funding saw cash go to good causes in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kettering, Leicester, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
Among them were Friends of Monkfield Park Primary School in Cambridgeshire, which received £1,750 towards a library renovation project. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was awarded £2,000 to pay for a new log cabin. And 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.
Birmingham Crisis Centre was given £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 chief executive Debbie Robinson said: “We are delighted 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 https://communities.centralengland.coop.