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A grant to help local authorities and third sector organisations to work together to tackle food poverty and food insecurity.

First published:
1 July 2021
Last updated:

This grant scheme is currently closed for applications.

What funding is available?

The maximum amount of funding available during 2021 to 2022 financial year is £1 million revenue and £1 million capital. 

While most projects will contain elements of capital and revenue funding please determine prior to submission whether you are applying for capital or revenue funding or both. Examples of both are contained below.

There is no minimum or maximum cap on applications. However, value for money, sustainability and relative geographical need and reach will be considered when assessing applications.

About the grant

The purpose of the funding is to:

  • support community food organisations in the here and now to meet the needs of households living in food poverty
  • support communities to invest in initiatives that help tackle the root causes of food poverty and food insecurity and develop healthy, sustainable solutions which involve the communities that are affected
  • support an increased number of people facing food poverty by strengthening existing community food initiatives across each local authority including a focus on activity that helps to address the root causes of food poverty
  • encourage applications from organisations that want to work collaboratively, across county boundaries, to help maximise the impact of the funding. Local authorities are expected to work with local experts, including the third sector, who are already addressing food poverty and insecurity
  • encourage projects that will be in line with the Programme for government. Successful applications will support the well-being goals and principles that underpin the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
  • provide funding for services which complement, those already provided by the public sector or third sector in Wales. Applicants will need to demonstrate in their application that there is a demonstrable need for this service or product.

Who can apply for the grant?

Local authorities, third sector organisations and not for profit organisations can apply for the grant.

Applications from organisations working in partnership will be especially welcomed in order to encourage greater collaboration across the third Sector, local authorities, and other public bodies such as schools, health boards and schemes such as the Valleys Regional Parks. Applicants should consider this when developing proposals.

Applications from co-operative or collaborative partnerships will be given priority, however one organisation will need to be agreed as the lead. There is no limit on the number of organisations that can collaborate on one application.

The lead organisation for each application will be required to have the proper constitutions in place such as charitable status and bank accounts, and be subject to due diligence checks. Please note that where local authorities are the lead organisations, project payments will be paid quarterly in arrears. Third sector organisations are eligible to be paid quarterly, or in some cases, monthly in advance depending on circumstances.

There is no requirement for match funding, but any additional contributions to the proposed work should be noted. Applicants will need to outline whether they are applying under the capital or revenue stream or both.

Required criteria

Applications must evidence how all of the following criteria will be met:

  • The application is from an eligible organisation - third sector, local authorities, and other public bodies such as schools, health boards.
  • The organisation(s) applying for funding must have a proven track record in delivering projects and be able to demonstrate knowledge and/or experience of tackling food poverty and addressing food insecurity; or
  • In the case of a new venue or organisation, how a local need has been identified, and how the planned work is considered strategic and fits into local plans.
  • How the proposed work will be sustainable in terms of both environmental and local and national green priorities, but also financially sustainable (self-sustaining) beyond the life of the grant, for example, how will ongoing costs be met, what is the plan to secure other sources of finance in the future (if applicable).
  • How the proposed work will meet other Welsh Government priorities such as those set out in the Programme for government. The project will need to support the Well-being goals and principles that underpin the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
  • How the proposal will work with other agencies or Welsh Government initiatives to ensure a far reach and longevity, e.g. schools, Flying Start settings, housing associations, homelessness organisations.
  • How the work will be procured or bought in to ensure local producers, suppliers or contractors are considered and value for money is ensured.
  • How the project will be accessible to individuals with protected characteristics and support the Welsh Government Welsh language policies.
  • Priority will be given to applications from organisations working in partnership to encourage greater collaboration. Applicants should consider this when developing applications. The Welsh Government welcomes consortium bids.

The application will need to detail the type of work proposed and the estimated costs. It is understood that due to the short timescales exact cost estimates may not be possible but applications/ grant offers may be reviewed when exact costs are available. Examples of proposed work is detailed below, but this is not an exhaustive list.

Capital grants

Capital grants will be for projects that strengthen organisations and help build community resilience. They can be used in a variety of ways, for example, but not limited to:

  • purchasing fridges, freezers and cooking equipment
  • supporting organisations to access, store and distribute additional supplies of good quality, healthy food, including good food surplus and large amounts of food (fresh or otherwise) whilst encouraging them to boost their capacity to provide good quality, nutritious food to customers
  • purchasing IT equipment which could help facilitate a system of electronic referrals and contact with customers
  • building or improving community growing areas
  • starter packs to accompany cooking classes or food parcels to include equipment, seasoning/spices or cook books
  • establishing or refurbishing community cafes
  • supporting short term contractors to undertake capital work
  • the grant cannot be used to support ongoing costs such as rent or utility bills.

Revenue grants

Revenue grants can be used in a variety of ways which might include, but are not limited to:

  • funding and working with voluntary organisations, community groups and organisations such as housing associations to develop projects such as social supermarkets, community cafes, lunch clubs and community cookery classes which support healthy, balanced diets.
  • developing and strengthening food partnerships with a view to creating healthy, sustainable local food systems that help tackle food insecurity.
  • providing specialist support for initiatives such as outreach work (for example with communities or schools), training for volunteers (for example food hygiene qualifications)
  • building community resilience through the development of community hubs which co-locate a range of support services such as debt and housing advice, social enterprises and advice services, around community food provision such as holiday hunger schemes, food banks and community cafes. There may be capital elements to this type of project
  • the grant may not be used to support ongoing costs such as wages unless for short term contractors to undertake initial work.

The work set out in the application should ultimately:

  • build community resilience
  • improve and benefit biodiversity/ environment/ green priorities
  • reduce food waste/ carbon emissions/ support the decarbonisation agenda
  • demonstrate sustainability/ longevity of the project post funding
  • promote a healthy diet, as set out in the Eatwell guide 
  • promote and encourage learning and skills development through, for example, working with the education sector/ schools/ outdoor learning and providing volunteer opportunities.

How to apply

This grant scheme is currently closed for applications.

Further information

If you would like to discuss your proposal prior to submission please email