Co-op searches for 4,000 local good causes to share about £8m

The company says it will give 1 per cent from sales of its own-brand goods to members between May and September next year

The Co-op is looking for more than 4,000 local good causes to benefit from a share of an estimated £8m that will be generated through its membership scheme.

The company said that 1 per cent from the sale of Co-op branded goods to its members would go to local causes and is asking charities and good causes to apply to receive a share of funds raised between May and September 2017.

Co-op said it would appoint three causes for each of its approximately 1,500 food stores and funeral homes in the UK.

It said preference would be given to organisations with annual incomes of less than £1m.

Funds will come from the sale of Co-op branded goods to members plus funds generated by the sale of 5p plastic bags and the profits on its range of reusable bags.

The scheme has been in operation since September, with funds raised going to local causes selected by Co-op employees.

Members, who pay a one-off fee of £1 to join, are able to choose which local cause is supported through the sale of Co-op-branded items they buy.

Nick Crofts, president of the Co-op’s National Members’ Council, said: "The new scheme is proving extremely popular with our members and we are confident that more than £8m will be generated for local good causes next year."

For more information and to apply, click here. Applications must be made by 16 December.

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