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Cory’s Community Fund 2022-2023

Bexley Eco Festival is proud to be sponsored by Cory Group, one of the UK’s leading recycling and waste management companies. The Cory Group ensures London and the South East have safe and sustainable recycling and non-recyclable waste management, with sustainability at its core. 

With this in mind, the Cory Community Fund returns this year to support local organisations and groups working to generate positive improvements in local people’s lives. 

What Is Cory’s Community Fund?

The Cory Community Fund provides grants to support and encourage activities that play a role in strengthening communities. Its focus is to support projects in line with Cory’s values of sustainability and protecting the local environment, including keeping the well-being of local communities at heart.

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.”

The Cory Community fund provides up to £7,500 to eligible groups and projects based in Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, City of London, Gravesham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, and Westminster.

The funds will be distributed throughout the remainder of 2022 and 2023.

Examples of Previous Cory Community Fund Winners

Examples of the groups Cory helped support in 2021 include:

  • London Youth Rowing

  • Friends of Lesnes Abbey

  • Churches Together in Crayford

  • Nature Vibezz

  • School of Hard Knocks

You can find out more about the fund and previous grant winners via this link or each organisation’s website. Who Can Apply for the Fund? Cory is interested in funding activities that play a role in strengthening communities through various means. If you have or know of a group aligned with the values below, apply for an extra funding boost of up to £7,500 via the link at the bottom of the page.

  • Protecting the environment locally and supporting the circular economy through sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing or recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. 

  • Building the local economy with knowledge and awareness of the circular economy, including through recycling and waste management

  • Enhancing STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Helping local communities and people through other meaningful ways. 

Voluntary or community organisations, registered charities, not-for-profit or community-interested companies, and constituted groups can all apply for the grants. Check the Cory website for exclusions on who is eligible for the fund.

What Can the Money Be Spent On?

Funding can be spent on various needs, including organisational running costs, essential items and equipment, capital project costs, one-off events, staff costs, training costs or volunteer expenses. 

Funding cannot be used for alcohol, contingency or loan costs, profit-making/fundraising activities, statutory activities, overseas travel, campaigning, political or lobbying activities or religious activities that do not benefit the wider community.

How to Apply and When?

Applications are now open for the Cory Community Fund, and the deadline to apply is Friday, 25th November. Applications received beyond this date are unlikely to be considered.

You can apply via the Cory Group COMMUNITY FUND APPLICATION page on their website.

Rules and eligibility for fund applications can be found here.

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