The Co-Ownership Community Fund is available to support projects which make a positive social impact in the lives of individuals, local neighbourhoods, or communities.
The fund builds on Co-Ownership’s commitment to responsible business and working for social good. Funding is open to constituted organisations which are interested in working with and receiving funding from Co-Ownership to deliver a project in one of the following areas:
- Helping regenerate, rebuild, and revitalise neighbourhoods and communities.
- Supporting elderly or disabled people.
- Providing advice and educational services to promote either financial capability and inclusion, energy efficiency or biodiversity in the community.
Organisations that have been awarded the Co-Ownership Community Fund are listed below.
- 2020 Community Fund
Under the current circumstances, and with so many worthwhile causes five charities were chosen as recipients of the Co-Ownership Community Fund.
Extern’s Coronavirus Hardship Fund which was set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund will allow Extern to continue to support the most vulnerable in society, giving them access to vital items and reducing the impact of the crisis on the more vulnerable members of the community.
Age NI help thousands of people every year, providing companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most and the funding received will support their ‘Check in and Chat’ service. Before COVID-19 started affecting our daily lives, there was already an epidemic of loneliness amongst older people living in Northern Ireland. The pandemic has only made this a more stark reality for our older generation.
Versus Arthritis works with volunteers, healthcare professionals and researchers to do everything they can to push back against arthritis. With partners they continue to promote the development of breakthrough treatments and campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be a priority.
Bolster Community is a charity and social enterprise that works alongside individuals, families, and communities to improve health and wellbeing. They support ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges from early years right through to later years.
Simon Community NI, Northern Ireland’s leading homeless charity works without prejudice to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
- 2019 Community Fund
In 2019 the fund was awarded to 3 different organisations.
1.Street Soccer NI were awarded some of the 2019 Community Fund to help with their ‘Homeless Soccer 6 Nations Cup’, an 11-a-side tournament with teams taking part from NI, England, Scotland, Wales and a ‘World Select’ team made up of refugees currently residing in NI. The project provided opportunity to engage with homeless people who take part, train them for the tournament and provide support in relation to housing and employment.
2. Friends of Holy Cross are a well-established group who organise and deliver community events which help to reduce rural isolation through interaction and socialisation and also fundraising events for their local school. The funds required for purchase of essential items to help them become more self-sufficient.
3. Hillhall Regeneration were awarded some of the 2019 Community Fund as part of the Home Safety doorbells project. The project is aimed at enhancing community safety following a spat of burglaries in the area. Work has been done to identify vulnerable residents, mainly elderly / disabled who will benefit from this
- 2018 Community Fund
Street Soccer NI, a Belfast-based football project that supports some of the most vulnerable groups in Northern Ireland including homeless people, people with drug and alcohol dependency, mental health issues, ex-prisoners, refugees, asylum seekers and the long-term unemployed. The 2018 fund helped the organisation participate in the 2018 Homeless World Cup in Mexico. Read more here.