Sustain / London Food Link

Funding opportunities

Amidst the current global crisis, we compile the funding opportunities on offer for food enterprises and businesses in London as they adapt to new and unprecedented challenges.

Emergency funds have been launched offering grants to a range of small businesses and community organisations so they can continue with their vital work during this difficult time. Here is a list of those available to London-based organisations:

Grants Online

Visit their up to date list of funding available

London Community Response Fund

Flexible grants of up to £5,000 for voluntary and community sector organisations, particularly those providing food to vulnerable people in the capital.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Emergency Coronavirus Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller charitable organisations to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or Covid-19 emergency response activities.

John Lewis Partnership, Community Support Fund

£1 million worth of grants to help those supporting vulnerable people in their communities.

UFI Charitable Trust, VocTech Now (Deadline 6 April 2020)

Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to support vocational learning providers as they adapt to challenges presented by current crisis.

National Emergencies Trust, Coronavirus Appeal

Funding opportunities for grassroots charities and groups supporting vulnerable people throughout the outbreak.


Note: we will update important funding information as and when we we have it.

At London Food Link, we know this is an extremely worrying time, particularly for small businesses and social enterprises. We are working hard to bring you all the updates and responses from London's good food scene during the covid-19 crisis. Follow us on social media @LondonFoodLink and check our website for up-to-date news.

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