Coop Covid-19 Fund

Co-op Covid-19 Fund supports sustainable food poverty projects across Sussex. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, with the potential to support larger grants of up to £10,000 where projects are working across East and West Sussex or for more strategic projects.


The Co-op has donated £1.5m to the National Emergencies Trust which will be used to support local charities and community organisations that are working to tackle food poverty in communities across the UK. The money was raised over the summer through purchases from the Co-op’s picnic range. In Sussex, we have a fund of around £30K from which to make grants.

Who can apply for grants?  

Voluntary and community organisations, including but not limited to: 

  • registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations  
  • constituted organisations and non-registered charities 
  • community interest companies and community benefit societies
  • parish and town councils (if the funded activity is not deemed part of their statutory duties) 
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)  
  • Churches and other religious organisations (if the funded activity is not deemed to be proselytising).  

Not eligible under this programme:

  • Grants that are solely for the provision of bursaries to individuals or families cannot be awarded.
  • Individuals cannot apply  
  • Statutory bodies such as city and county councils or health institutions cannot apply 

What kind of projects will be funded? 

Funding can only go towards sustainable food poverty programmes which tackle Co-op’s funding priorities detailed below: 

  • REDISTRIBUTION – actively redistribute our surplus food to the people who need it most in our communities   
  • ACCESS – We will provide easy access to nutritious food and balanced meals for customers with a limited budget  
  • UPSKILLING – We will help to educate and upskill customers on low cost meal solutions, limiting food waste and shopping smartly  
  • YOUNG PEOPLE – We will support future generations by prioritising the wellbeing of children and young people struggling with food insecurity  
  • COMMUNITIES - food programmes for vulnerable communities delivered in those communities 

Examples of what could be funded 

 The types of programmes that this funding could support are:

  • Foodbanks
  • Programmes that tackle food waste
  • Programmes that encourage healthy eating
  • Holiday hunger schemes

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th November 2020. The application form is here.

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