Charities and third sector organisations in Helensburgh and Lomond are being urged to ask a supermarket community fund for financial help – but there's only a few days left to apply.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Co-op, which has supported 76 Helensburgh causes with £378,300 over the past three years, is targeting its funding at organisations that are working towards community wellbeing.

As its 2021 Local Community Fund application period opens, the Co-op is looking for projects that are supporting access to essential services, for example food banks or green spaces, improving mental and physical wellbeing or building community resilience.

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Groups involved in any of these activities are being urged to apply to be a beneficiary of the scheme which paid out an average of almost £5,000 to 4,500 causes across the UK last year.

Last year the Co-op Community Fund distributed more than £24,000 to three community groups in Helensburgh – the Helensburgh Seafront Development Project, Fun First, and BASIC and the Corner House Creche.

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and shared value at the Co-op, said: “We want to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

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“We know they need a funding boost now more than ever.”

For more information and guidance on how to apply, visit

The closing date for applications is Sunday, June 28.

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