Groundwork – One Stop Community Partnership Programme

The One Stop Community Partnership programme is administered by Groundwork workiing in partnership with One Stop Stores Ltd.

The programme provides partnership as well as financial assistance. Alongside an initial grant, a long-term tailored programme of support is created for successful applicants by the One Stop Community Team and One Stop Store Team. Grant recipients then work in partnership with the One Stop Store Team at their local shop to deliver this programme.

The programme is designed to create a partnership of support to community groups, operating within two miles of a One Stop store, who are working to:

  • Tackle food poverty.
  • Support the vulnerable.
  • Support the elderly.
  • Support low income families.
  • Running youth sports teams.
  • Reducing/recycling waste
  • Improving the environment

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to successful applicants to begin a partnership with their local One Stop store.

The following organisations may apply:

  • Voluntary and community organisations.
  • Registered charities.
  • Schools.
  • Health bodies.
  • Parish/Town councils.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Community Interest Companies (running for a minimum of two years).
  • Community councils.
  • Local authorities.
  • Housing organisations.

Applications from organisations such as women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, charities supporting the elderly or children are typically welcome. However, this list is not exhaustive and other organisational types will be funded. 

Applications are considered on a quarterly basis, and can be submitted during the following application rounds:

  • 1 March 2024 to 26 April 2024.
  • 3 June 2024 to 26 July 2024.
  • 2 September 2024 to 25 October 2024.
  • 2 December 2024 to 24 January 2025.

It is expected that decisions will be communicated within three weeks of the deadlines.

Before starting an application, applicants should first use the Store Locator, available on the Groundwork website, to check the distance to the local One Stop store and whether funding is currently available there. Please note that not all stores offer this programme.

Guidance notes are available online. An online application form is available, but organisations must first register with Flexi Grant for an account. Instructions are provided in the guidance notes.

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