Community Fund

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, we have been unable to open our Community Fund for applications. Instead, we have decided to donate the amount usually available for the Community Fund to address immediate need arising due to COVID-19. We have made a donation to Extern’s Coronavirus Hardship Fund in response to the 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.

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.

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