Thursday, 9th September, 2021

Cory launches 2021 Community Fund to support local organisations

Cory has today announced the launch of the 2021 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 2021 and 2022. Applications for the first funding round close on 26 November 2021.

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:

  • Positively impacting local people in the community in meaningful ways.
  • Protecting the local environment, supporting the circular economy, including building knowledge of recycling and waste management.
  • Promoting social and community cohesion, together with diversity and inclusion.
  • Improving science, technology, engineering, mathematical and the arts skills.
  • Cory is a London-based business and the grants will be available to groups based in the boroughs in which the company operates: Bexley, Gravesham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and City of London.

Dougie Sutherland, CEO of Cory, said:

Caring for the environment and the people in the communities where 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 a time when a spirit of collaboration and inclusion has been vital to communities across the UK, I hope that these grants will help to keep this ethos alive.

In 2020, Cory’s Community Fund supported a range of initiatives, including:

  • Teaching young people to sail at the Ahoy Centre.
  • Repairing and supplying white goods for vulnerable households – Groundwork London.
  • Refurbishing a kitchen at the Thurrock Play Network scrapstore.
  • Supporting a home reading programme for young people – Doorstep Library Network.
  • Financing bicycle maintenance workshops for young people – upCYCLE.
  • Installing an outdoor classroom at Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre.
  • Buying waste and recycling bins – West Thamesmead Community Organisation.

Further information about eligibility and how to apply for the Community Fund can be found here.