McMillan encourages Local Groups to apply for Co-op Local Fund

Stuart McMillan MSP is encouraging community groups in Inverclyde to apply for a share of the Co-op Local Fund.

The Co-operative Food announced how it plans to distribute the money raised from the carrier bag levy in Scotland. The supermarket chain are asking local causes or community groups to apply online for the possibility of gaining a share of the £750,000 that is up for grabs. It is envisaged that close to 1,000 organisations and groups will receive grants of between £200 and £2,500.

Causes can be nominated online until midnight on Wednesday 7th October. Then between 16th November and 11th December over one million Co-op members in Scotland will vote from the shortlist of organisations on how the fund will benefit local communities.

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“This is a great opportunity for groups across Inverclyde to bid for grants and help make a difference to their community.

“The carrier bag levy has already been a huge success, with the number of bags being issued in Scotland dropping dramatically. In the final quarter of the year following the introduction of the 5p charge being introduced, bag usage dropped by 129 million compared with the previous year.

“Now communities will start to also reap the benefits of the policy, with funding opportunities such as this from the Co-op.

“I urge all local groups to apply. With three organisations from each community in Scotland being shortlisted for the final vote, everyone is in with a great chance of obtaining some funding.”

Notes:
More information can be found at: http://www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk

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