The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund – Phase 2

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund – Phase 2 is a fund to predominantly tackle food poverty. We have seen a significant rise over recent years in the coalfields of the number of organisations providing food to those who cannot afford it. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem with more people being referred to food banks, and tens of thousands of children skipping meals due to family income being too low. With the upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Universal Credit, we anticipate a greater need within coalfield communities over the coming months.

Due to exceptional demand in Phase 1, the Trust has decided to relaunch the fund with another allocation of £100,000.

We anticipate a high demand for this funding. To ensure your best chance of success please make sure you read through all of the information, including the FAQs, before applying. Priority will be given to organisations that are supporting the most vulnerable.

Grants are awarded to organisations in the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas. Guidance on which wards are eligible for funding is downloadable here.

Organisations can apply for up to £2,500 and examples of the type of services we would like to support are as follows (please note this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Food banks
  • Food parcels schemes
  • Meal preparation services (such as packed lunches, meals on wheels, soup kitchens etc.)

Closing Date

This is a rolling application process, with no application deadline. The programme will close when all of our funds have been allocated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What can I spend the funding on?

    Essential food items, personal hygiene products and household cleaning products. You cannot purchase alcohol, medications or tobacco based products.

  • Where can I spend the funding?

    Any known retailer or supermarket. 

    You could also spend the funds at Company Shop. For more information on membership click here.

  • Can I reapply if I still have an active Phase 1 Food Insecurity Response Fund e-voucher credit?

    Yes, if all e-voucher credit from Phase 1 has been fully spent or if there is less than £250 remaining.  All monitoring has to have been completed and signed off by the Trust.  If Phase 1 credit has been overspent, the balance will need to be repaid to Company Shop before they can apply for Phase 2 and monitoring completed and signed off by the Trust. 

  • Can I sell the food and personal/household hygiene products?

    Food and/or personal hygiene and household products purchased through this grant cannot be sold on at a cost.  The exception is if food purchased is ingredients used to prepare a meal which can then be charged for.

  • What is the timescale to spend?

    We anticipate an immediate start once payment has been made. Your service must be delivered for a minimum of 2 months and to be fully spent by the 31st March 2022.

  • When will I find out if I have been successful?

    Applicants will be informed of a decision on their application within 7 days of submission via the contact details you have supplied. All decisions made will be final.

We continue to offer our free Practical Support for organisations in coalfield areas.


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