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Local community fund now open for applications
Applications are now open for the next round of community project funding from the Co-op.
A pot worth thousands of pounds will be shared between just three projects.
The deadline has been extended to 13 June.
Since the Co-op launched its Local Community Fund in 2016, groups in the Chorlton area have benefited from significant funding to help projects - worth thousands of pounds each year.
The fund pays 1% of what local Co-op members spend in store on Co-op brand products over one year. The money is shared between three local community projects. Local members can chose which of the three they want to receive the money from their spend.
Doing it differently in Chorlton
After the application window closes on 13 June, the three projects in each area will be chosen from the eligible applications in that area.
In Chorlton we choose which applications we want to support by holding an on-line member vote. We're the only area in the country where this happens.
Chorlton Bike Deliveries has been a great example of cooperation in Chorlton. From rushed start-up in response to COVID crisis to a sustainable cooperative, owned by riders, residents and local organisations and businesses.
CBD is now ready to expand the fleet, so the coop can better support local businesses, public sector and community organisations. You can contribute to the crowdunder:
We've written a letter to the Co-op on the Picture House (Funeralcare) site sale.
The letter has now gone to the chair of the Co-op, Allan Leighton, the chief executive, Steve Murrells and the president of the National Members' Council, Nick Crofts. It was signed by almost 600 people including Jeff Smith MP, local councillors and local community groups and traders.
Thanks to everyone who signed. You can still show your support by adding your name as a supporter now. This all helps make it clear just how much support there is in the community.
The Co-op will be deciding soon whether to accept the community-led bid. The Community Land Trust says this is on a knife edge. If the bid falls through then the Co-op could sell to a developer that would raze the site to build expensive flats.
The community-led bid would create a shared asset for the community, including a food-hall with space for events and to attract Bee Gees fans.
Community Land Trust vision for the Picture House
That's why we decided at a Let's Reimagine Our Chorlton call that we should write a letter to the Co-op that everyone can sign, urging them to accept the community-led bid, or at least not to consider any bid that would destroy this valuable community asset.
Local cyclists have come together to create a new delivery service supporting vulnerable people.
They are building a new bike delivery service working with traders like Unicorn and Chorlton Cheese Mongers. By arrangement with local Co-op stores they are taking surplus but still-good produce to Emmeline's Pantry, and the Co-op has paid for new hi-vis jackets.