Central England Co-op invests over £38,000 on projects promoting environmental sustainability

Posted by Heather Clapton | 26/04/2018 | Category: Community

It isn’t just about what we do to cut down our environmental impact as a business, we want to do more. We want all of our communities to be great places to live, and through the Community Dividend Fund, it is possible for customers and members to apply for grants for community based groups, activities and environmental projects. 

 Environmental sustainability is an important part of co-operative ethics, and we have invested over £38,000 through our Community Dividend in the last 12 months on projects that will have an environmental impact in their locations, as well as providing an element of education. 

From sensory gardens to LED lighting to beehives, Central England Co-op has been supporting sustainable environments through its community activities across the trading area. With grants available from £100 to £5,000, there is the potential to gain funding for your project.

Some of the projects that have been granted funding are:
•    Lowdham Village Hall used £750 to pay for new energy efficient lighting in the toilets location within in the venue. This comes on the back of a project that saw Central England Co-operative install LED lighting across several of its stores as part of an ongoing effort to help the environment
•    Friends of Belper Parks secured a grant of £890 to pay for a new bee hive that will form part of a bee keeping operation based at the local nature reserve
•    The Jaffray Care Society, The Orchard School, Kushinga Community Garden, Eckington Tenants & Residents Focus Group, Northfield and District Play Association, and Stilton Church of England Primary School were all handed cash to pay for projects to build or improve garden areas in a bid to teach people about the environment
•    Connect, which is the home of the Burbage Methodist Church, and The Groby Road Allotment Society have installed solar panels as part of an effort to be more environmentally friendly

For more information on the Community Dividend Fund, and how to apply see https://www.centralengland.coop/community for further information.