Improving people's lives by improving their environment
We believe that looking after our neighbourhoods can have a real impact on the quality of life of the people who live there. Our Environmental Grant fund is therefore dedicated to improving the local environment - whether that means turning a piece of wasteland into a garden or organising litter picking days on the beach. We look to fund projects that improve the physical environment in a way that also benefits the wider community. We have seven local charity committees which meet regularly throughout England, Scotland and Wales to review applications and award grants. We offer grants of up to £2,000 and concentrate on helping existing not for profit organisations to deliver new projects. Organisations may only apply once per calendar year for this grant.
Please carefully read the following guidelines before starting an application:
Who do we support?
Any not for profit organisation can apply, preference will be given to small, locally based and community led organisations with a turnover not in excess of £300,000 per annum. Schools are also encouraged to apply providing the project is accessible to the community outside of school hours. Schools are given the same level of priority as small locally based organisations.
What type of project can we support?
We are interested in projects that improve the physical environment in a way that will improve people's lives. This can include purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. We are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your local environment.
We are working with Project Dirt (www.projectdirt.com) to establish an online network dedicated to all the winners of the Greggs Foundation Grant. Project Dirt is the UK’s most active network connecting and resourcing community projects. The main aim of the Greggs Foundation “cluster” network is to connect all the Greggs winning projects on an online platform, where they can easily share updates and stories of their project's progress and connect with similar projects.
Get inspired by the stories of Greggs Foundation winners here: http://www.projectdirt.com/cluster/greggsfoundation/#!/linked_journal
View the Project Dirt network of community projects supported by the Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant based throughout the UK.
All projects must deliver a real benefit to the environment. Priority will be given to projects that also include one or more of the following:
- Improves the local environment
- Ensures involvement of local communities
- Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference
- Supports people in need
We are unable to fund the following excluded items:
- Ongoing running costs
- Overseas travel
- Curricular activities that take place during the school day
- School based projects that are not accessible to the community outside of school hours
- Religious promotion
- Major capital projects
- Sponsorship of events or activities
Where can we make grants?
We are more likely to make grants to local organisations who have a Greggs shop in their region. Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find your nearest shop.
How much can we can give?
The maximum grant that we can give is £2,000.
What are your chances of success?
We are likely to receive a very high number of applications and an accordingly low success rate. Please don't be too disappointed if your application is not successful. There are likely to be many strong applications that we are unable to offer a grant. In 2017 40% of eligible applications were awarded.
How to apply:
Follow the link at the bottom of this page to be taken to an online application form. After successful submission, you will receive an automatic email with the details of your application. If you don't receive an email it is likely that something has gone wrong, you may wish to check your spam folder before contacting us. If you do however, need our assistance please contact Greggs Foundation on 0191 2127626 and we can help you.
In 2016, we launched our Environmental Grants Programme funded by the 5p levy on carrier bags donated to us by Greggs plc. Over the last two years, this has enabled us to fund hundreds of fantastic projects which aim to improve the environment and also benefit the wider community.
In 2019, we plan to use the funds to deliver larger nationwide projects with some of our key partners which we believe will make a greater impact on both the environment and the communities in which we operate. Therefore, Round 3 (open from 20th July to 28th of September 2018) will be our last round of funding under this Programme.
Round 2 is now closed with decisions being announced by 17th August.