DEFRA coronavirus food charity grants – open until 6 July 2020

Article date
21 May 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced a £3.45 million Coronavirus Food Charities Grant Fund to help front-line food aid charities continue their work in providing food to vulnerable people during the current coronavirus crisis. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food to those who need it. The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

Who can apply?

Grants being made available to front-line food charities who:

  • are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities;
  • have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020

If you receive food from the FareShare network, you are still eligible to apply for this grant. Your grant application should be for the additional food you need to support the increase in demand to your services as a result of Covid-19.

How much can you apply for?

Grants are available for between £30,000 to £100,000.

What can the money be used for?

The funding is to be used to provide for people:

  • Who are unable to afford food;
  • Who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, or the newly homeless.

This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.

Is there a deadline for applying?

Applications close on 6 July and will be assessed strictly on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.

How to apply

You can read further guidance here and more detailed eligibility criteria and the evidence you need to provide, such as your capacity to distribute, the number of beneficiaries who have sought support from you, your operating costs, income and cash flow projections.

You will also need to register with DEFRA eSourcing portal here.

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