Raising money for local causes

The Chelmsford Star Co-op Community Fund

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

This grant-giving pot of funds is made up from colleague and customer donations, profits from events, corporate donations, and ticket sales from our in-store raffles. Grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 (for an exceptional cause) are issued throughout the year.

Southend YMCA are the first beneficiaries of our new Community Fund, receiving almost £4,400 in November 2021. Centre leader Diana and her team provide emergency housing and life skills for 16 – 22 year olds.

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.