Food poverty

Funding theme: Social, welfare, legal advice and food poverty

We want to support organisations tackling hardship and crisis for Londoners that are experiencing food poverty.

Grant details

  • Area: Greater London
  • Open to: New and previous applicants
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding length: Up to five years
  • Funding size: There is no minimum or maximum limit to how much we will give, however we never give revenue funding exceeding 50% of the applicants turnover/​income in any one year
  • Average award: Based on grants made to date, we have awarded between £36,000 and £377,000, the average award size has been £145,000*

*These figures are illustrative and we will award more or less than these amounts depending on the applications we receive. You can find out more about our approach to funding here.

What we fund

Revenue funding is available to projects and organisations distributing donated food to people in London who find themselves in these circumstances.

We are particularly keen to hear from organisations working to ensure that clients receive culturally appropriate food.

We are not able to directly fund the purchase of food for distribution.

Wherever possible, we seek to support projects and organisations that involve the communities the project or organisation serves in the shaping of its services and/​or that are majority-staffed or run by those with lived experience of the issues they address.

Funding staff costs

We will not usually pay for staff costs beyond one full-time equivalent staff post. For example, we could pay for one full-time staff member, or two part-time staff, both working 17.5 hours a week. We will only fund staff posts that are paid the London Living Wage or above.

How to apply

Before beginning your application, please ensure you have thoroughly read steps one and two to check that our funding is a good fit for you. Please note, we only fund organisations that meet our eligibility criteria.

Application steps:

If you are a previous grant holder, or an unsuccessful applicant, please read our reapplication criteria before submitting a new application.

A smiling man accepts a place of cake and strawberries in a community cafe. He is sitting at a table with other people who are chatting to each other.
In 2022 City Bridge Foundation awarded FoodCycle £174,800 over three years to support staff and project costs, as FoodCycle expands its services to new parts of London, tackling food poverty using donated surplus food.