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