Helping Hands

Helping Hands

We have been making a difference to local charities and community groups through our Helping Hands scheme for over 20 years.

Applications for 2020 are now closed. 


This annual fund is open to Channel Island charities and organisations to provide financial help in order for them to continue the brilliant work they do.

Each year we receive an overwhelming amount of applications and each and every one is reviewed to ensure that smaller charities and causes aren’t overlooked.

Helping Hands 2020

Helping Hands applications for 2020 are now closed. 


Who can apply?

Helping Hands is open to local charities and community groups in the Channel Islands. Projects must benefit the local community on-island, and applicants must be based in the Channel Islands.

What can I apply for?

We welcome applications to support the purchase of equipment, or the funding of resources. We do not support applications for off-island travel. Have a look at our Helping Hands case studies below to see what others have received in the past.

How do you decide where funding is allocated?

Applications are assessed based on our community pillars and our key community topics:

  • Social inclusion/equality/diversity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Supporting the elderly and other vulnerable groups
  • Supporting the next generation
  • Ethical trading/supporting local
  • Projects which support the environment should consider applying for our Eco fund instead 

Consideration will also be given to whether organisations have recently been supported by the Co-op in other ways, and whether they were supported in the previous year’s round of Helping Hands funding.


Helping Hands 2019  

In 2019 we received over 109 applications this year and were able to donate over £17,000 to support 33 local charities and organisations with their initiatives.