Helping those who help others

The Chelmsford Star Co-op Community Fund

Formed in 2021, to replace our long running ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative, the Community Fund benefits local groups, charities and good causes across Essex.

The Fund awards grants of between £500 and £5,000 (for an exceptional cause) and is made up from colleague and customer donations, profits from events, corporate donations, carrier bag sales and tickets from our in-store raffles. The causes we support are chosen by a panel of specially elected members.

The Fund is managed by the Essex Community Foundation. For more information, or to apply for one of our grants, please email: 

You can read about some of our recent beneficiaries below.


Applications to our Fund will be reviewed and selected by a committee of Chelmsford Star Co-op members.

In previous years, we’ve supported charitable organisations and community groups via our Charity of the Year partnership and our Community Card scheme. This new Community Fund combines the best bits of both.

Raising money

To apply for a grant from the Chelmsford Star Co-op Community Fund, your initial contact will be through the Essex Community Foundation who you can contact here or via 01245 356018.