Applications are now open for the Manx Co-op's Local Community Fund

Applications for the 2022 Co-op Local Community Fund are now open to local causes across the Isle of Man. The Co-op Local Community Fund is funded by members of the Manx Cooperative Society shopping at the Co-op, with 1p of every £1 spent by members being dedicated to local causes.

“Manx Coop Members are contributing around £100,000 to six local causes this year through this program, and applications are now open for the coming year,” said Andrew Corrie, Area Operations Manager at the Co-op. “With our Crosby store now open, and more people benefiting from Co-op home delivery across the Isle of Man, we’re hoping to contribute even more this year.”

Key details

The successful groups must be a not-for-profit group and deliver a project to benefit our local community in at least one of these four areas:

  • brings people together to access food
  • helps improve people’s mental wellbeing
  • creates opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference
  • helps people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions

Three local causes will be selected from Douglas, Onchan and the South of the Isle of Man. Three further local causes will be selected from Peel, Crosby and the North of the Isle of Man.

Applications close on 29 May, 2022.

Further information, including the online application form, is available online at:

Current beneficiaries

This year, the beneficiaries of the Local Community Fund are Isle of Man Walking Football, Isle of Play, ME Support (IOM), The Tommy Clucas Memorial Fund, 1st Laxey Beavers, and Friends of Bunscoill Rhumsaa.

More information

Michael Josem, Co-op Member for Douglas, Onchan and the South, will host an online forum at 8pm on Tuesday 24 May to answer any questions from local causes about the process. Email to register.

Local causes need to apply online at by 29 May, 2022.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.