Who can apply
This funding programme is available to groups who meet DCF eligibility requirements and are delivering work that meets the below Fund guidelines.
We encourage groups to consider becoming members of the BCP Access to Food Partnership. The Access to Food Partnership works together across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to ensure that everyone can feed themselves and their family nutritious food all of the time. To learn more about the Access to Food Partnership go to www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/accesstofoodpartnership.
Organisations that can apply:
- Registered Charities
- Constituted Community and Voluntary Organisations
- Community Interest Companies limited by guarantee
- Social Enterprises (companies limited by guarantee that have a clear not-for-profit clause in their governing document and clear charitable or social objectives)
To be eligible the organisation must have:
- A management committee or board of Trustees/Directors with at least 3 unrelated people
- A written constitution or set of rules that sets out the purpose and management of the organisation
- A bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories
- An appropriate Safeguarding Policy
- Schools are not eligible but we can fund PTA groups if they meet our eligibility guidelines
- We cannot fund the promotion of religion or political causes
- We cannot fund public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations
- We cannot fund animal welfare organisations
- We cannot offer retrospective funding for items already purchased or work completed
- Organisations with more than 12 months’ unrestricted reserves are usually not funded
Grants will be awarded to groups addressing food insecurity by providing free or low cost food, meals, food vouchers or food skills initiatives, to BCP households. The aim is to give vulnerable households peace of mind by easing the burden of worrying about the next food bill.
- Grants for the provision of cash bursaries to individuals or families are not eligible
- We will prioritise applications that help to fulfil previously unmet need without duplicating existing provision
- There is no requirement for means testing to identify financial hardship but groups should describe their own approach to ensuring that beneficiaries are in need of support
- Grants cannot be used to replicate or replace Free School Meals but families in receipt of Free School Meals are eligible as beneficiaries of funded services, where additional support is needed
- Groups should describe how the service will compliment any existing food provision and demonstrate they are connected with other organisations serving the community, to ensure services are joined up
- Where possible, groups should make beneficiaries aware of support available from Citizens Advice which includes:
- fuel poverty advice and access to grants
- benefits checks and support with applications and appeals
- access to funds for the purchase of essential household items providing access to food e.g. white goods and cookers
- Households in need of the above support should contact Citizens Advice BCP
What can I apply for
Grants of up to £10,000 are available. The grant period will be 4 months only (July – October).
The grant can be used to support:
- households with children (age 18 and under)
- pensioners (age 65+)
- other vulnerable households (including individuals)
There is a particular interest in applications supporting pensioners (age 65+). We don’t expect all applicants to be working with this age group but if you are able to include them this would be welcome. Groups will be asked to report on the number of households supported in each category in their End of Grant report.
You can use the grant to:
- Provide free or low cost food items, food parcels or food vouchers
- Provide skills and learning that support people to access food e.g. teaching food preparation and cooking (including cost of cooking equipment at training venue or for beneficiaries to use at home)
- Provide free or low cost fresh or frozen meals for use at home
- Provide free or low cost meals in a community setting (including transport costs to access community meals)
We can support all costs associated with providing the above including perishable and non-perishable goods, capital costs and equipment (e.g. additional food storage for your organisation), staff and volunteer costs, administrative costs, reasonable contribution to organisation overheads/core costs.
We welcome partnership bids from two or more groups co-delivering a project or to share a capital item.
Monitoring & reporting
- Grants must be fully spent by 30th September 2022 – this can include expenditure allocated in advance for activities to take place during October half-term (ending October 30th)
- Due to government reporting deadlines, you will be asked to submit an online End of Grant by 16th October 2022 to include estimated data for the final two weeks of the grant period
- Extensions cannot be offered and unspent funds must be returned to DCF
How to apply
- This Fund is now closed for applications
You will need to attach the following supporting documents to your online application (or send them via email) UNLESS you have already sent these documents in the last 12 months
- A copy of your governing document, if not registered at Companies House /Charity Commission
- A copy of a recent bank statement no more than 3 months old
- A copy of your latest annual accounts, or in the case of new groups, please send a financial forecast or budget for your first year if you have one
- Your Safeguarding policy and Equality & Diversity policy *our guidance notes may be helpful
If you are unsure about any of the above criteria, pre-application advice is available from the Grants Manager Ellie Maguire on 07592 032666 or at email@example.com.
* For support with policy development or reviews, we recommend you contact one of the local support agencies for voluntary sector groups – Community Action Network offers free support to groups across the county of Dorset, and low cost training & events. Dorset Community Action provides support to groups in the Dorset Council area.
We also recommend groups consider adding their details to the helpandkindness website, which provides a map of services in Dorset to help people find local support when they need it.
Safeguarding policy – there are helpful online resources such as the Charity Commission’s guidance on Safeguarding and the NSPCC website. New groups or those without any current policy may find it helpful to watch this short video ‘Safeguarding adults in the voluntary sector’ introducing what Safeguarding is and why it is relevant for all voluntary sector groups, no matter how small or who you are working with.
Equality & Diversity policy – we recommend this should include as a minimum: reference to the Equality Act 2010 and explicitly covering all protected characteristics, equal access to services and employment and ways you achieve this, preventing harassment or discrimination and how complaints are dealt with fairly