The Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants scheme is funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops.
There is also a Local Community Projects Fund makes small grants of up to £2,000 to help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Organisations are able to apply once per calendar year.
Their Environmental Grants scheme is aimed at organisations that have ideas to improve local areas so that they can improve people’s lives. The programme aims to deliver demonstrable improvements to the environment, and will also fund educational projects to help people learn about their impact on the world around them.
Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less and schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for grants between £2,500 and £10,000.
Priority is given to organisations that are based near a Greggs shop and to projects that benefit disadvantaged people, which could include the following groups:
• People with disabilities or suffering chronic illness.
• People living in a disadvantaged area.
• People living in an area with poor access to the environment.
• Voluntary carers.
• Homeless people.
• Isolated older people.
• Other identified need.
Grants can cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities.
The Greggs Foundation is also interested in new and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting local environments.
Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate that their project delivers improvements against at least one of the following Key Performance Targets:
• The environment has improved as a result of the grant. These can be hard targets, ie, kg of carbon dioxide saved or softer targets that demonstrate environmental impact such as number of trees planted, amount of rubbish cleared etc.
• The lives of disadvantaged people have improved as a result of the grant. This can be expressed in outcomes, ie improved confidence, improved social skills, improved employability etc.
• People are educated to be more aware of their impact on the environment.
Application forms are available to complete on the Greggs Foundation website. Check website for opening/ closing dates
The Greggs Foundation is likely to call applicants whose projects interest them for further information. Projects put forward to the committee will be invited to pitch to an awarding committee in the organisation’s local region by attendance either at the meeting or via telephone.
Contact details for the Greggs Foundation are:
The Greggs Foundation
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TL
Tel: 0191 212 7626