Berkshire Community Foundation Co-Op Fund – open for applications for work to combat food poverty

Article date
11 November 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust and Co-Op, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to combat food poverty in Berkshire. The aims of the fund:

  • To help organisations redistributing surplus food to the people who need it most.
  • To provide access to nutritious food and balanced meals for people with limited budget.
  • To help educate and upskill communities on low cost meal solutions, e.g. limiting waste.
  • To prioritise the wellbeing of young people and children.
  • To provide food programmes to vulnerable communities, including emergency food, and programmes that address food insecurity.
Who can apply?
  • Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who meet the above aims.
  • Small and new groups which are not constituted may apply where they are working with the local CVS, Parish Council or Local Authority – a letter of support or other evidence will need to be provided.
What are the funding priorities?

Priority will be given to organisations which support the following:

  • Food programmes for vulnerable communities delivered in those communities.
  • Emergency food programmes, including food parcels.
  • Programmes that address food insecurity and its impact.
The application process
  • Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability. Average grants awarded are in the region of £4,500.
  • Your application form must be completed on-line and submitted along with governing documents – Constitution, latest Annual Accounts, Bank Statement and Safeguarding Policy.
  • Applicants will be informed of the Grants Panel decisions
  • Berkshire Community Foundation receives many more applications than there is funding available, and there is no guarantee that an application made will be successful
Further information and how to apply

Go to the Berkshire Community Foundation website.