The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is one of seven grant programmes provided by the Foundation. Details of the others, a number of which just serve the North East of England can be found on pages 1-3 of the Foundation’s annual accounts and on the Foundation’s website. The Foundation’s annual report, which can be downloaded from its website, is a further good source of information.
The Local Community Projects Fund is open to not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales with an annual turnover of less than £300,000. It’s overarching aim is to improve resilience within communities by helping locally based organisations to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need in the community, which they would not otherwise be able to afford to do.
Projects can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. The Foundation is also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community.
All projects must support a community of interest, for example (please note that this is not an exclusive list):
o Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
o Living in poverty.
o Voluntary carers.
o Isolated older people, and
o Other demonstrable significant need.
Successful applicants should be able to evidence improvements against at least one of the following Key Performance Targets:
o Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation.
o Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing.
o Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
o Beneficiaries have improved life skills, and/or
o Beneficiaries have improved opportunities.
Any type of not-for-profit organisation in England, Scotland and Wales with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 may apply for a grant of up to £2,000. Please note that applicants that have a Greggs shop or premises nearby will be given priority. A Greggs Store Locator can be found at this LINK.
During the year ending 31 December 2018 the Foundation allocated grants and donations of goods and services valued at £2,849,099, of which £653,105 was awarded in Local Community Project grants. Approximately 1 in 5 applications were successful last year.
The first funding round for 2020 has just opened (on Sunday 1 December) and will close to applications on Sunday 23 February 2020. Successful applicants are expected to be notified at the beginning of May.
Further information, together with an application form is available on the Foundation's website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
The Greggs Foundation
Quorum Business Park
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 212 7626