Local community groups and charities are invited to apply for a share of £5m funding from a retail giant.

Since 2016, Co-op’s Local Community Fund has supported almost 40,000 community projects across the UK, with groups receiving more than £100m.

Now, voluntary organisations, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for the upcoming funding round.

The group is looking for projects that create sustainable futures for people and the planet.

Initiatives that support young people's potential, help the elderly feel connected, or improve mental well-being are all eligible to apply.

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Additionally, projects targeting climate change, waste reduction, and protecting nature also fit the criteria.

The Co-op also wants to endorse projects that celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of Community and member participation at Co-op, said: "As a co-operative, our focus is to deliver increased value for our member-owners and their communities and we know that members really care about supporting local, grassroots projects.

"Through our Local Community Fund, we’re able to support local projects and initiatives that make a real difference to people and our planet in communities across the country."

Successful applicants will receive at least £1,000.

Applications remain open until July 7.

Groups interested can find out more at https://coop.co.uk/causes.