Ap­ply now for Co-op fund­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

Com­mu­nity groups and good causes are be­ing urged to ap­ply to The Co-op’s Lo­cal Fund be­fore the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions on Wed­nes­day next week (Oc­to­ber 7).

The Co-op’s Lo­cal Fund will pro­vide a £750,000 fund­ing boost across Scot­land as the com­mu­nity re­tailer share the money raised through car­rier bag charges and sales in their food stores.

They are call­ing on lo­cal causes or com­mu­nity groups in­ter­ested in ‘car­ry­ing away’ a share of the fund to ap­ply online.

It is en­vis­aged that around 1000 groups across Scot­land will re­ceive grants of be­tween £200 and £2500 from the fund to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity.

In ad­di­tion to the 5p min­i­mum charge on sin­gleuse bags, The Co- op have also pledged to top-up the fund with pro­ceeds from their range of car­ri­ers, in­clud­ing sales of bags- for- life and wo­ven bags.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made un­til mid­night on Oc­to­ber 7.

The re­tailer will then give their hun­dreds of thou­sands of mem­bers in Scot­land a chance to vote and have a say how the fund will ben­e­fit lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

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