We are committed to becoming a Co-operative Council which involves devolving power to our residents.
Co-operatives operate like any other business but often have a strong and clear social ethos which directly benefits their members and the wider local community.
We provide advice and support to individuals, businesses and social enterprises on developing co-operative business models.
Support, through the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Fund (CSEF) is available through the Economic and Social Initiatives team to encourage the creation of new co-operatives and to grow existing co-operatives.
In 2021-22 the CSEF will award grants of up to £5,000 towards eligible activity.
The fund will support activities that build organisational capacity in areas such as:
The following are not eligible for the fund:
Please note the fund is now closed.
Please read the supporting documents under related documents before submitting your application form.
Before starting the online application form check that you have the undernoted documents:
If your files are larger than 3Mbs in total please Email these to us quoting your project name along with your contact details. Your form will not submit if the file size is over.
If your supporting documentation is not available electronically, please send hard copies to the address below clearly stating what they refer to:
Economic Development Manager
Glasgow City Council
Co-operative Development Unit
231 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RX
Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) have co-produced a Social Enterprise Strategy for Glasgow, 2018-2028.
The strategy is supported by the Social Enterprise Board, which is chaired by a City Councillor and vice- chaired by a representative of GSEN. In this way, the lead public agency in Glasgow and the representative body for the sector in the city are jointly leading in the development of the sector in Glasgow.
The Social Enterprise Board is comprised of representatives from the Council, the sector, other public agencies based in Glasgow and academia.
ekosgen have been commissioned to carry out research into the co-operative sector in Glasgow. Read the research commissioned by Glasgow City Council on the Co-operative Sector in Glasgow below: