Applications are now open for its FoodBank Fund to help meet costs such as the purchase of additional food items and increased running costs.
The definition of a foodbank for the purposes of this Fund is a venue which regularly gives out emergency food parcels at least once each week and has been running for six months or more.
The Foodbank Fund has been established in response to the cost of living crisis and evidence that many foodbanks are facing the combined challenges of increasing need, escalating running costs, and food donations failing to keep up with demand.
- The organisation’s annual income is between £25,000 – £1,000,000.
- Eligible organisations are those that meet the following requirements:
- A legally constituted not-for-profit organisation, including registered charities, exempted charities, or other forms such as a company with social purpose (if not a charity, you must be able to provide evidence of your not-for-profit status, e.g. constitution with a relevant clause).
- The organisation is based in and operates in the UK.
- The organisation runs a regular foodbank.
- The foodbank is an established service which has been running for at least 6 months.
- The foodbank is open to all, based on need.
- The organisation was established or registered as charitable before 1 January 2020 and has at least one set of accounts.
- Unrestricted/undesignated reserves are not above 12 months’ operating costs.
- Applications that meet the eligibility criteria and have submitted all requested information, will be assessed against the following:
- Impact: how many people you help, whether you provide additional support.
- Beneficiary need: increased need from beneficiaries.
- Financial need: reduced ability to meet that need (e.g. increased costs, additional food stocks required to meet demand).
- Value for money: fundraising costs, how you make use of volunteers (ratio of volunteers to staff).
- Quality assurance: they will look for some form of independent quality assurance. This may be either confirmation that you receive food via a reputable independent distributor such as FareShare, or a letter of endorsement from a person independent of your organisation in support of your work
- Location: priority may be given to foodbanks in areas of high deprivation or for other geographic considerations (e.g. to ensure a balance of funding across regions).
For more information, visit https://www.juliahansrausingtrust.org/foodbank-fund/