Financial support

Food Power offers different streams of financial support to food poverty alliances. We also work with other funders to support alliances to access their funding or other income-generating opportunities.

Food Power financial support

Food poverty alliances that are registered with Food Power are eligible to apply for financial support. We ask all applicants to try to secure cash and/or in kind-match funding which we hope encourages partners to support their local alliance.

Over the course of the four year programme we will offer different rounds of financial support for alliance development, evaluation, engaging experts by experience and the annual theme. Details are provided below when these 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.

Annual theme financial support: Healthy Start

Our 2018-2019 theme will focus on Healthy Start vouchers for fruit, vegetables and milk and their ability to improve people’s access to healthy food. Financial support of up to £5,000 will be for alliances to implement a piece of work from their own food poverty action plan (or similar) that focuses in this area. A core part of our programme is about sharing and learning among alliances, so documenting activities for others to learn from will be a key part of these projects.

We are looking to support alliances that focus on increasing uptake among households who are eligible for Healthy Start but not currently using the vouchers. Please read the full guidelines before submitting your application and contact Maddie Guerlain for any questions.

Download Healthy Start application guidelines

Engaging experts by experience financial support

We believe those who have faced the adversities of food poverty at the grassroots have expertise which can help food alliances to flourish. By listening to the insights of people who know what works and doesn’t work in their everyday lives, food poverty alliances can better develop long-term, sustainable solutions to food poverty.

Financial support up to £5,000 is available for food poverty alliances to run projects focused on empowering experts by experience to be involved in strategic alliance development and creating food poverty action plans. Financial support could be spent on a range of activities including staff time, resources, design and delivery of activity that explores different tools for community participation, voice and empowerment. This list is not exhaustive so please contact Ben Pearson for questions or advice about applying.

A core part of our programme is about sharing and learning among alliances, so documenting activities for others to learn from will be a key part of these projects. Please read the full guidelines before submitting your application. We also recommend listening to our recent webinar on this topic to learn more from the 2018 pilot projects.

Note: On Friday 15 February there will be a training on this topic in Birmingham from 10am-4pm and we recommend alliances interested in applying for this financial support to attend. The training is free but space is limited so please contact Ben Pearson for more info and booking.

Download engaging experts by experience application guidelines

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.

The following alliances have been awarded financial support from Food Power:

Alliance development - round 1

  • Belfast Food Network
  • Blackburn with Darwen Food Poverty Alliance
  • Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
  • Doncaster Food Partnership
  • Fairer Moray Forum
  • Food Exeter
  • Food Forum Northern Ireland
  • Good Food Oxford
  • Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance
  • Hull Food Equality Alliance
  • Interfaith Food Justice Network (Glasgow)
  • Luton Food Poverty Alliance (£1k initial support)
  • 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 (£1k initial support)
  • York Food Poverty Alliance

Alliance development - round 2

  • Cambridge Sustainable Food
  • Food Plymouth
  • Herefordshire Food Poverty Alliance
  • Hackney Food Poverty Alliance
  • Lancaster Food Poverty Alliance
  • Love Lockleaze Food Alliance
  • Luton Food Poverty Alliance
  • Norwich Food Poverty Alliance

Empowering experts by experience pilot

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

Local evaluation 

  • Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
  • Food Exeter
  • Good Food Oxford
  • Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance
  • Middlesbrough Food Partnership
  • Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance
  • Tower Hamlets Food Partnership
  • Sustainable Food City Bournemouth and Poole

Maximising family incomes

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

Peer mentoring

  • Belfast Food Network
  • Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
  • Cambridge Sustainable Food
  • Feeding Derbyshire
  • Food Action Aberdeen
  • Food Sense Wales
  • Food Nation - Food Newcastle
  • Sustainable Food City Bournemouth and Poole

Other funding opportunities

Food Power also plays a role supporting alliances to access funding or other income outside of our programme. This includes linking in with other key funders to ensure that they know about the Food Power network and publicise their funding. Where applicable, we also advise funders on how they can design funding or programmes to be accessible and relevant to Food Power alliances. Our monthly newsletter features relevant funding opportunities, including from those funders we have a relationship with. Alliances are very welcome to contact us to discuss funding opportunities and whether the programme already has a link with funders.


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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