Financial support

Food poverty alliances that are registered with Food Power are eligible to apply for financial support. Funding rounds for evaluation, engaging experts by experience, alliance development and the annual theme will be open at various times over the course of the four year programme. Details are provided below when funding rounds are open for applications or review our key dates to preview future rounds. All applications must be submitted through the Food Power members' area.

Financial support for local evaluation

Food poverty alliances, networks and partnerships have been effectively working together for many years in the UK. However, there is a gap in formal evidence of both how alliance or partnership working benefits the organisations involved and benefits people living in the area. Financial support is available for food poverty alliances to evidence the impact of coming together as an alliance and/or developing a food poverty action plan or similar set of strategic actions. By the end of the process, we aim to have a set of robust evaluations of the impact of alliance-based working as well as a good understanding of the tools and methods which can be used most effectively and efficiently to evaluate an alliance’s impact.

To help alliances, the Food Power evaluation team from Cardiff University have produced a quick guide to monitoring and evaluation and a review of evaluation tools. We have also published guidance for this financial support and held a webinar in July 2018. The online application form is available via the members’ area from 3 September and the deadline for submissions is Friday 2 November.

Financial support for alliance development

This is the second round of financial support for food poverty alliances who are looking to pursue more strategic development. Members of Food Power will be able to apply for £1,000 for initial alliance development, or up to £10,000 to further develop an alliance and/or food poverty action plan or similar strategy. Alliances which received more than £1,000 during round 1 are not eligible to apply to round 2. Download the full application guidelines. The online application form is available via the members’ area from 3 September and the deadline for submissions is Friday 2 November.

Peer mentoring

Food Power is seeking applications from individuals based within food poverty alliances to act as peer mentors to other alliances in North West England, North East England (including Yorkshire), South West England and East of England. Peer mentors will have experience of developing their own food poverty alliance and its strategy and/or food poverty action plan, and deliver approximately 15 days of work per annum over the next three years. Read the full guidelines for applying to become a peer mentor. The online application form is available via the members’ area from 3 September and the deadline for submissions is Friday 2 November.

Financial support offered to date

Since the start of the programme in autumn 2017 we have invited applications for financial support from alliances to:

  • Develop their food poverty alliance, including research and produce a food poverty action plan or equivalent
  • Deliver peer mentoring to other local food poverty alliances and help facilitate peer learning in the region
  • Run pilot projects focused on empowering experts by experience, exploring different approaches to empower those with direct experience of food poverty to play an active role and influence at a strategic level.
  • Run projects that focus on maximising families’ incomes and, in particular, the ways in which alliances can help improve coordination and navigation of the local welfare safety net for people experiencing, or at risk of, food poverty.

Awarded alliances

The following alliances have been awarded financial support from Food Power to deliver on the projects below.

Alliance development

  • Blackburn with Darwen Food Poverty Alliance
  • Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
  • Doncaster Food Partnership
  • Fairer Moray Forum
  • Food Exeter
  • Good Food Oxford
  • Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance
  • Hull Food Equality Alliance
  • Interfaith Food Justice Network (Glasgow)
  • Luton Food Poverty Alliance
  • Middlesbrough Food Partnership
  • North Wales Food Poverty Alliance
  • Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance
  • South Wales Food Poverty Alliance
  • Sustainable Food City Partnership (Bournemouth and Poole)
  • Thanet Food Power Network
  • York Food Poverty Alliance

Peer mentoring

  • Belfast Food Network
  • Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
  • Feeding Derbyshire
  • Food Action Aberdeen
  • Food Cardiff

Empowering experts by experience pilot

  • Feeding Lancashire Together
  • Luton Food Poverty Alliance
  • Newcastle Food Poverty Group
  • Preston Food Partnership

Maximising family incomes

  • Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance
  • Food Cardiff
  • Good Food Oxford
  • Love Lockleaze Food Alliance
  • Newcastle Food Poverty Group
  • Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance

Food Power works with local communities across the UK to strengthen their ability to reduce food poverty and tackle its root causes.

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