Supporting projects which help those within our communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of the rising cost of living.

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Arnold Clark Community Fund

What is the
Cost-of-Living Support?

With the rising cost of living, more people than ever before are facing severe challenges and financial hardship. Our Cost-of-Living Support fund is available to organisations whose work directly supports those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis, such as foodbanks, accommodation or poverty relief, and any other organisation which falls into our eligibility criteria.

Cost-of-Living Support
eligibility criteria

Applications for the Arnold Clark Community Fund Cost-of-Living Support are only eligible if the organisation falls in one of the following categories: foodbank, accommodation, poverty relief and where people/communities in the UK are the primary and immediate focus of investment. Applications are also only eligible if they’re made by an organisation that are based/operates solely in the UK and are located within 50 miles of an Arnold Clark branch.

Please note: Although we want to help everyone, we are focused on ensuring funding is distributed equally (as far as possible). This means that if we have already provided funding to a significant amount of organisations in your area, this may impact upon your application.

Who can apply

Most organisations are eligible to apply, and we particularly welcome applications from smaller voluntary and community organisations who are working with those most affected and vulnerable to the increased cost of living. Please ensure you read and understand the below eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

We welcome applications from:

  • UK-registered charities
  • Local community groups
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest companies
  • Groups of organisations that are community or voluntary-led.
  • Charitable incorporated organisations

We cannot accept applications from

  • Individuals
  • Sole traders
  • Organisations operating outside the UK, even if they are registered in the UK.
  • Organisations which generate profit for private distribution.
  • Schools, nurseries, colleges (unless this immediately impacts the wider community).
  • Organisations that do not have a business bank account in their name.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund will not fund projects relating to:

  • Organisations asking for funding for private gain.
  • Religious activity (unless this immediately impacts the wider community).
  • Benefiting an individual rather than the wider community.
  • Political activities
  • Grant-giving organisations.
  • Travel applications (can only be accepted if this is for day trips in local community).
  • Organisations applying to use the funding to pay for wages, loan repayments or to pay off debt.

Please note: Arnold Clark will not pay into an individual’s bank account. You must have a bank account set up in the name of your organisation prior to submitting an application to the Arnold Clark Community Fund.

How to apply for
Cost-of-Living Support?

Firstly, please check your eligibility. If you’re eligible, all you have to do is complete the application form and tell us about your charity or community group and how we can help. We will only accept one application per organisation every six months.

UK-registered charity Local community group


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