Rules & Eligibility

Cory’s Community Fund supports activities in the community that generate positive improvements in local people’s lives.

NOTE: Applications for the first funding round closed on 15th November 2020. Further details to follow soon.

What we can fund

We fund activities that play a role in strengthening communities. In particular, we 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 along with diversity, and inclusion.
  • Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills.

The project must be local to where we operate:

  • Bexley
  • City of London
  • Gravesham
  • Greenwich
  • Lambeth
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Thurrock
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster

Who can apply

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • Voluntary or community organisation.
  • Registered charity.
  • Constituted group or club (for example PTA).
  • Not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company.

We are unable to accept applications from:

  • Statutory bodies.
  • Schools.
  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • Companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including companies limited by shares).
  • Organisations based outside the UK.
  • Organisations that don’t have at least two people on their board or committee who aren’t married, in a civil partnership, in a long-term relationship, living together at the same address, or related by blood.
  • One organisation applying on behalf of another.

What you can spend the money on

We can fund:

  • Your organisation’s running costs.
  • Essential items and equipment.
  • Capital project costs.
  • One-off events.
  • Staff costs.
  • Training costs.
  • Volunteer expenses.

We are unable to fund:

  • Contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest.
  • Profit-making/fundraising activities.
  • VAT you can reclaim.
  • Alcohol.
  • Statutory activities.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Campaigning activities.
  • Religious activities (we can fund religious organisations if your project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content).
  • Political or lobbying activities.

How we decide whether to fund your project/activities

Cory’s Employee Community Fund Committee will select projects based on your application and the criteria above. We might get in touch to talk to you about your application before making our selection.

You will be informed of the success of your application by either email or telephone.

Unfortunately, if you are unsuccessful, we may not be able to provide specific feedback.

Managing funding

If you are successful, we will require your organisation’s bank account details. When the funding arrives in your account, you can start spending it on one of the activities you told us about in your application.

You must keep records of how you spend your funding – and keep track of how it fits with your application. We may ask you to show that the funding is being spent the way you said it would. Keeping bank statements, invoices and receipts are a good record of what you’ve spent.

If you make small changes to your activities, or what you want to spend the money on, that’s okay, as long as you’re still using the funding to carry out the project you told us about in your application. However, you should contact us if:

  • The main contact for your project changes.
  • You’ve finished the project and you have more than £1,000 of the Cory funding left over.
  • You want to make significant changes to the project or spend the money on different things.
  • You can’t carry out the project or activities for any reason.

We will ask for updates on your activities and project. We may also ask to see copies of receipts, invoices or bank statements relating to your project for at least seven years.

Promoting your project

If you are successful in receiving a grant from the Cory Community Fund, we will publish details of your project and how we have supported it on our website, we may visit, and may request photos from you. We may also ask that we feature your project in other materials, such as our LinkedIn page, Twitter or in our Annual Review.

We encourage you to share the good news too, and to keep telling everyone about the difference your project is making to your community. If you would like to use our logo on your communications, you can get it touch with us.