Good causes in Staffordshire still have time to nominate themselves for a funding boost after the Co-op extended the deadline for charities to apply to its membership scheme.

The Co-op is on the lookout for local charities to share thousands of pounds generated by its new membership proposition.

The local causes that are being supported by the Co-op change every six months, and the convenience store retailer is now looking for nominations for the next round of funding which starts in early April.

Local charitable organisations are being invited to apply via its website ( with the closing date for entries now extended until 25 January.

Members receive five per cent back on the cost of Co-op branded goods and services they buy with a further one per cent going to local causes. Members can choose the local cause they want to support from a list of up to three in nearly 1,500 communities across the UK, centred on Co-op Food stores and Funeralcare homes.

Nick Crofts, President of the Co-op’s National Members’ Council said:

“Co-ops are in existence to support their members and the communities where they live. I know the money raised will provide much needed funding for organisations who contribute so much to improving local life.

“The new scheme is proving extremely popular with our five million members and so we are confident that it will generate thousands for the local charities and good causes chosen and I would encourage Co-op members to spread the word to causes close to their hearts.”

The funding for each cause will be kick-started with a share of the money generated from sales of 5p carrier bags in local stores, plus the profits from the Co-op’s range of reusable bags.