Community Food Programme

Over the summer, Co-op customers raised £1.5m to help those going hungry by buying items from their picnic range, with 20p per item being donated to the National Emergencies Trust (NET). NET are working with 46 local Community Foundations to distribute this money to food charities and community causes to fund programmes that provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty.

This funding will support food programmes for vulnerable communities across Devon with a focus on foodbanks and provision of emergency meals for people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Priority will be given to rural, volunteer led groups who can demonstrate an increase in demand for support over and above usual service delivery as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Area of Benefit
The geographic area this fund covers will be Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, with priority for rural areas.

Funding Available
Funding of £1,000 - £3,000 is available to eligible organisations. Payment of grants for successful applications will be made in early December 2020 with a grant period of 6 months. The grant must be spent by 31st May 2021.

Priority will be given to project costs but core costs will be considered (e.g. rent, utility bills)

Application Process Timeline

  • 26th October Application window opens
  • 13th November Application window closes at 5pm
  • 16th - 25th November Shortlisting and application assessment
  • Late November Grant panel review
  • Early December Payment of grant to successful applicants
  • 31st May 2021 Deadline date for grant to be spent

We may also arrange a telephone evaluation with you to discuss your project and the impact it has had on the local community to help us understand and learn from local need.

How to apply

Sorry, the application window for this fund is now closed.


If you have any enquiries regards the programme or the application please email the Grants Team on We will respond to your email as soon as we can but please bear in mind that the team is very busy at the moment. Please note that this email is only monitored during normal working hours, Monday to Thursday.