Support for Wigan community groups as applications open for funding

Applications have opened for Wigan community groups and charities seeking funding and support.
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Co-op’s Local Community Fund has supported more than 30,000 community projects across the UK since 2016 and organisations can now apply to be considered for the next round of funding.

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It comes as insight from more than 3,000 community causes shows more than eight in 10 (84 per cent) have seen a jump in demand for their services through the cost-of-living crisis.

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and member participation at Co-opRebecca Birkbeck, director of community and member participation at Co-op
Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and member participation at Co-op
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Co-op wants to support projects that make a difference locally and align with its vision of co-operating for a fairer world.

It is focusing on bringing people together to access food, such as allotments and cookery classes; helping to improve mental well-being, including sports and clubs; creating chances for young people to be heard and make a difference, like youth clubs; and enabling communities to restore nature and tackle climate change, with community gardens and sustainable transport.

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and member participation, said: “Co-op is committed to making a real and tangible difference in our local communities, while creating significant value for members through our membership scheme. Our Local Community Fund is more relevant than ever as the cost-of-living crisis is making it incredibly challenging for many local organisations.

"We know that our members want to support the communities they live in and Co-op membership is a powerful way for people to do this, simply by shopping at Co-op – with our funding support enabling local organisations to provide valuable services and support to people at a time when communities need it most.”

Apply to Co-op’s Local Community Fund at