Use this form to let us know if your community organisation is interested in applying for a loan to help you grow your trading activities to generate more sustainable income.
 
We can offer loans of up to £50,000, interest-free for up to five years. Depending on the local needs you are addressing, we might also be able to offer some grant funding to support your work.
 
You should only complete this form if you can answer 'yes' to all of the following questions:
  • Is your organisation run for the benefit of the community, rather than for private profit?
  • Do you own or manage a building or outdoor space that’s used for a wide range of community activities?
  • Do you involve a wide range of local people in your work, including more disadvantaged members of the community?
  • Do you have realistic plans to develop trading activities that will grow your long-term income?
  • Are you prepared to take on a loan that will need to be repaid?
 
Please note: you will not be able to save draft answers in this form. We recommend that you draft your answers offline, in a separate document, and submit them through this form only when you are ready.

If you have any questions about this funding, please email foundation@coop.co.uk

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* 1. Your organisation's name and registered address

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* 2. Who in your organisation is the main contact for this application?

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* 3. Please provide a secondary contact for your organisation

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* 4. What is the legal structure of your organisation?

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* 5. Does your organisation have charitable status?
Note: you don't have to be a charity to apply for this funding, but we'll need to make sure your activities are in keeping with the Co-op Foundation's charitable purposes for the public benefit.

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* 6. Please provide any relevant registration numbers

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* 7. What are your organisation’s overall aims? (Up to 200 words)

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* 8. Do your organisation's activities mainly take place at your registered address?

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* 9. If no, where do your organisation's activities mainly take place?

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* 10. Tell us about the community (or communities) who benefit from your organisation's work. (Up to 200 words)
For example, tell us about the areas they live in, or any particular characteristics or interests they share.

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* 11. Tell us about the building or open space that your organisation runs for the benefit of the community (Up to 200 words)

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* 12. Tell us about any particular local challenges facing your community, and how your organisation's work responds to these challenges. (Up to 200 words) 

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* 13. If your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, tell us more about this. (Up to 200 words)

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* 14. If your organisation's work delivers any environmental benefits, tell us more about this. (Up to 200 words)

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* 15. How do you involve local people, including more disadvantaged members of the community, in running your organisation and carrying out its work?  (Up to 200 words)

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* 16. What was your organisation's total income in its most recent financial year?

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* 17. What were your main sources of income?
Please list any significant income streams, and provide an approximate breakdown of their contribution to your total income.

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* 18. How much would you like to borrow from the Co-op Foundation?
Note: the maximum loan we offer is £50,000

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* 19. How do you plan to use the loan to develop new or increased sources of sustainable income for your organisation? (Up to 200 words)

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* 20. How long do you think you would need to pay back the loan?
Note: we can offer loans interest-free over up to five years. If you think you'll need more than five years to repay the loan, we can consider offering a longer repayment term, but we will need to charge some interest in these cases.

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* 21. If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, we might be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan. Would you like to be considered for a grant if you are eligible?

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* 22. If you would like to be considered for a grant, tell us about the sort of activities you would most like grant funding to support. (Up to 200 words)
Once we've reviewed your expression of interest, we'll tell you how much grant funding (if any) you might be eligible for, and discuss these ideas with you further.

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* 23. Supporting documents

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This is the end of the expression of interest form.

We will email you within 2 weeks of you submitting your expression of interest, to confirm receipt and send you a pdf copy of your completed form. If your organisation is eligible for this funding, we will contact you within a month to discuss your plans in more detail.

By submitting this form, you agree that the information you provide may be used by the Co-op Foundation for the purpose of assessing your loan and/or grant application and evaluating our funding processes. You agree that the information may also be shared with Co-operative Group colleagues and external advisors who support the Co-op Foundation in our work. We will only share your information for the purpose of assessing your loan and/or grant application, and will not pass it on to any other third parties. You can contact us about your data at any time by emailing foundation@coop.co.uk or by writing to Co-op Foundation, 1 Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG.


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