Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation has established the Environmental Grants scheme and is offering both large and small grants for projects which make a difference to local areas, with preference given to projects that involve or benefit people who are disadvantaged.
Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply now for either a Small Grant of up to £2,500 or a Large Grant of between £2,500 and £10,000.
Organisations that are based near a Greggs shop will be given priority.
Funding is available for projects that benefit the local environment in a way that will improve people’s lives.
All projects must have environmental benefit. Priority will be given 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 approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting local environments.
There are three funding rounds in 2016. Applications for:
- Round 1 will be accepted from 1 January until 4 March with decisions at the end of April 2016.
- Round 2 will be accepted from 5 March until 1 July with decisions at the end of August 2016.
- Round 3 will be accepted from 2 July until 30 September with decisions at the end of November 2016.