Tuesday, 27th September, 2022

Cory Community Fund returns to support local organisations

Cory has today announced the launch of the 2022 Cory Community Fund, which will provide grants for groups which generate positive improvements in local people’s lives.

Eligible groups and projects can apply to receive a grant of up to £7,500, with the funding distributed during 2022 and 2023. Applications close on 25 November 2022.

The Fund aims to support and encourage activities that play a role in strengthening communities. Grants will focus on groups and projects that support Cory’s goals of:

  • Protecting the local environment and supporting the circular economy;
  • Building knowledge and awareness of the circular economy, recycling and waste management;
  • Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills; or
  • Impacting local people in the community in other meaningful ways.

The grants will be available to groups based in the boroughs in which Cory operates: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, City of London, Gravesham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, and Westminster.

Dougie Sutherland, CEO of Cory, said:

“Caring for the environment and the people in the communities in which we operate are core to Cory’s values, and we want to use the Community Fund as a way of giving back to our neighbours. At this challenging time for the UK economy, I hope that these grants will make a helpful contribution to organisations that will benefit from our support.”

In 2021, Cory’s Community Fund supported a range of initiatives, including:

  • London Youth Rowing – enabling young people to participate in indoor and on-water rowing across London, regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability or ability.
  • Friends of Lesnes Abbey – offering education and skills sharing packages to community groups working in green spaces and schools, based in Lesnes Abbey Woods, including teaching traditional green woodworking craft skills as well as the circular economy of woodland management, recycling, and repurposing.
  • Churches Together in Crayford – setting up a Community Fridge in Crayford, Bexley, where surplus food from local food businesses, producers and households can be shared.
  • Nature Vibezzz – providing free nature-focused activities at Knights Hill Wood for families and children from London Borough of Lambeth areas classified as areas of deprivation. Activities include woodcraft, reuse workshops, litter picking and practical nature conservation activities that will help both increase the safety of the site for users and local biodiversity.
  • School of Hard Knocks – working with pupils at risk of exclusion or low educational attainment, using rugby to teach emotional control, develop confidence and practice reactions to challenging situations.

Further information about eligibility and how to apply for the Community Fund can be found on Cory’s website.