Budgeting Matters to The Co-operative Bank

We’re delighted that our Pandemic Recovery Budgeting Pilot-Project has gratefully received funding from The Co-operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund! Their contribution has allowed our Welfare Advisory Team to commence additional training to future assist vulnerable people in later years, find ways to better budget their money.

Catherine Douglas, Managing Director SME Banking, The Co-operative Bank said “This year we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of applications that we have received. During these unprecedented times we know it’s the individuals and local initiatives like yours that make a real difference to local communities and the people that live in them.”

“Once live, this project will help people in later years within our community become more resilient whilst facing points of personal difficulty or crisis, and should encourage long-term improvements in their wellbeing and independence. We are extremely grateful to The Co-operative Bank for allowing us to kick-start this project proposal, as we’ll soon be able to reach more people when they need us.” Martin Jones, Operations Manager, Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex.

If you live in Colchester or North East Essex and would like some support in identifying financial benefits and health-related entitlements, please get in touch on 01206 368420.

About The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank plc provides a full range of banking products and services to around four million retail and SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) customers and is committed to values and ethics in line with the principles of the co-operative movement.

The Co-operative Bank is the only high street bank with a customer-led ethical policy which gives customers a say in how their money is used.  Launched in 1992, the Policy has been updated on five occasions, with new commitments added in January 2015 to cover how the Bank operates its business, products and services, workplace and culture, relationships with suppliers and other stakeholders and campaigning.

*The Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund is available to all Community Directplus account holders.  The fund grows in relation to the deposits made, so for every £100 increase in collective deposits across Community Directplus accounts 20p is added to the fund and the Bank promises to distribute a minimum of £5,000 twice a year. Community Directplus account holders can apply for up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund to support special projects and fundraising activities.

Since 2003 The Co-operative Bank has donated nearly £888,000 to 1021 organisations. Deadlines for applications are at the end of March and September every year. Donations range from £500 – £1,000 and applications are judged twice a year in April and October. If successful, the money is paid into the organisations Community Directplus account shortly after.

For more information about The Co-operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund visit: