Community groups have been invited to apply for a share of the Lincolnshire Co-Op's Community Champions funding pot.
The initiative sees thousands of pounds given away every three months to local charities and good causes. So far more than £244,000 has been shared by over 380 groups, including 106 in the Lincoln area.
The scheme works by linking each of the store's dividend card holders to a good cause near to where they live. Every time the member shops in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes to that good cause.
The beneficiaries change every three months so lots of organisations can benefit and Lincolnshire Co-op is now looking for applications from its next round of champions.
“It’s a great chance for charities and community groups to get a fundraising boost,” said member engagement manager Richard Whittaker.
“It’s simple to apply to be a Community Champion. Groups just have to fill out a short form and if they’re chosen, they’ll be able to raise hundreds of pounds."
Welton and Dunholme Methodist Church was a Community Champion between June and September 2013 and received a boost of £1,821, which will be spent on equipping a new kitchen.
“Work started on our new building at the beginning of July and we’re looking forward to it being finished in time for Christmas, said the church's Peter McCree.
“We’re very grateful for the support of Lincolnshire Co-op and of our local residents. It’s great to see money raised by a local business supporting a cause that’s part of their community.”
Groups who want to be considered as a Community Champion need to apply by Friday September 26. For more on the Community Champions scheme and how to apply, visit Lincolnshire Co-op’s website: www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions or pick up a form in your nearest store.