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We are excited to announce that applications for our inaugural Food Poverty Innovation Award are now open!

The winner will receive a £250 cash grant, start up support and mentoring from our central team to help them tackle food poverty in their community. Please encourage early stage social entrepreneurs, community groups and charities in your network to apply. We also particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented in the social enterprise sector. We also welcome applications from LGB, Trans and non-binary candidates.

To apply, please complete this application form by 31st May 2022 at 5pm. Please note we can only accept one application at a time for any individual/group. Should you need to contact us to discuss deadline dates, eligibility and criteria, or if you encounter any problems applying, please contact our Central Team via [email protected]

Applications close on 31st May at 5pm. All applicants must be 18 or over and living in the UK. We’ll get in touch with the successful applicant by the end of June 2022.

Supporting Innovation

We began our fight against food poverty in 2014 after receiving a £250 grant that enabled us to test the ‘buy one, give one’ model with nutritious items of food to help stock foodbanks. The early stage financial support validated our attempt to tackle the food poverty challenge in an original way. Since then, we’ve extended the model to our public cookery courses and are now focussed on developing a Community Cookery School that’s capable of fighting food poverty across the UK. It all started with a small grant and so we’re now committing annually to supporting an early stage social entrepreneur, community group or local charity that shares our ambition to eradicate food poverty nationwide. We need to support and encourage people to test and develop new, ambitious ideas within their community!

Thank you for your continued support – please share details of the Food Poverty Innovation Award within your networks and via social media 🙂

Terms and Conditions of Entry

All applicants must agree to the following terms as a condition of entry.

  • Applicants must be UK residents aged 18 or over.
  • Only one application per individual or group will be considered at any one time. 
  • Grants will be awarded at the discretion of Bounceback Food CIC. The decision is final, there is no right of appeal.
  • The maximum grant that will be awarded to the winning applicant is £250.

If successful, the winning applicant agrees to:

  • Only spend the grant on items outlined in the project application form. If there is a need to change the use of the grant, the winning applicant will request permission from Bounceback Food CIC as soon as possible to amend the original budget.
  • If the main contact for the project leaves the group or can no longer fulfil their responsibilities, or someone takes over responsibility for the grant on behalf of the original applicant, they will inform Bounceback Food CIC immediately.
  • Making the project as accessible as possible and agree to implement and ensure equal opportunities.
  • Ensuring that they have adequate insurance to carry out the project and that staff/volunteers/trainers are suitably qualified and trained to deliver activity.
  • Acknowledge responsibility for all risk assessment and health and safety checks required for the project.
  • Ensure that all volunteers and staff working with any vulnerable people are DBS checked and adhere to the safeguarding policies and procedures in place.
  • A member of the Bounceback Food CIC central team visiting the project for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
  • Keeping all original receipts and making copies available to Bounceback Food CIC on request.
  • At the end of the project, completing a short written report and case study for the purposes of evaluation. They agree that this report can be used for promotional purposes by Bounceback Food CIC.
  • Repaying the grant in full if the project/applicant becomes involved in any form of illegal activity or activity which in the sole opinion of Bounceback Food CIC may bring those involved into disrepute.
  • Ensuring that the above report is given to Bounceback Food CIC in the required timescales.
  • Accept that they may be asked to return the grant should Bounceback Food CIC deem the evidence provided in the end of project report is unsatisfactory. This will also apply if Bounceback Food CIC discovers that money has been spent on items not specified in the original application form and grant offer.
  • Highlight the support of Bounceback Food CIC in all publicity material resulting from the project.
  • Repay any money unspent during the project lifetime to Bounceback Food CIC within a month of the project ending.

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