Helping those who help others

The Chelmsford Star Co-op Community Fund

Formed in 2021, the Community Fund is our latest fundraising initiative designed to support local groups, charities and good causes across Essex.

This grant-giving pot of funds is made up from colleague and customer donations, profits from events, corporate donations, carrier bag sales and tickets from our in-store raffles. Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (for an exceptional cause) are issued throughout the year, with successful causes chosen by our Member Representatives.

The first round of payments were awarded to 6 excellent causes from across Essex in December 2021, with 7 additional grants being given in the months since. Each benefiting group is helping their local community in a unique and worthwhile way.

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


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.