Community funding

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Helping charities to thrive 

We support charitable organisations to really make a difference to the communities they serve. We run two grant programmes focused on supplying core funding for community organisations -  Greggs in the Community and North East Core Funding.  

Greggs in the Community

the exterior of a Greggs Outet shop with red branding and adverts in the window

Charities funded by Greggs Outlets

Greggs in the Community directs a share of the profits generated by Greggs Outlets directly back into the local area in which they are based.  

Greggs Outlets look different from the wider Greggs retail estate and are recognisable as having red branding on the exterior signage.

In 2022, there were 30 Greggs Outlets with the plan to reach 50 by 2025 as part of The Greggs Pledge to build stronger, healthier communities and support those most in need. By selling unsold, day-old food products at a reduced price, families on a tight budget can spend less while still having access to great quality food. 

A portion of the profits from all Greggs Outlets is donated to fund charitable organisations in the close vicinity of an Outlet. 

Grant value 

Eligible organisations can receive a Greggs in the Community grant of £20,000 for a single year, with options to extend funding depending on circumstances.  

Eligibility criteria 

To receive a Greggs in the Community grant you must be in the vicinity of a Greggs Outlet and a not-for-profit organisation. Organisations successful in receiving funding are focused in the following key areas:

  • Addressing direct needs in the local community

  • Tackling food poverty

  • Providing food and support for individuals 

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What to expect

Before applying, there's a few things we'll expect from you. Click below to find out more.

We are not currently looking for additional organisations to fund via Greggs In the Community. When we do start looking for organisations close to a new or existing Outlet, we tend to shout about it on social media so please keep an eye on X and Linkedin for updates.

For an informal discussion regarding eligibility criteria and funding support available, please contact Justine Massingham or visit our FAQs.  

North East Core Funding 

Supporting communities in the North East region

The North East is a region closely linked to the heritage and success of Greggs. In recognition of the area, which is so closely-linked to our history, The Greggs Foundation offers grants to North East charitable organisations of up to £20,000 per year – for up to three years – as part of the North East Core Funding programme.  

To hear more from the charities we support, please visit our news hub page.

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Who do we support?

The programme supports not-for-profit organisations in the North East of England in the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside. We will consider organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or organisations supporting otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that work with the following priority groups: 

  • People with disabilities

  • Homeless people

  • Voluntary carers

  • Older and isolated people

If you represent a generic community organisation, for example one that doesn't support people with a specific disadvantage, the organisation must benefit people who live in a disadvantaged area. We will calculate the level of disadvantage using indices of deprivation and if your local area doesn't fall within the most disadvantaged 10% of areas as a minimum it is unlikely to be considered.

Smaller organisations with fewer employees are prioritised.  We prefer to fund organisations with a proven track record and we are more likely to support well managed organisations in need than those in a healthy cash position.  We look for organisations that can demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes if successful with a grant.

  • New and/or improved programmes/services

  • Improved organisational sustainability

  • Increased number of beneficiaries reached

  • Maintained delivery of programmes/services

Grant value 

We can give up to £20,000 per annum for up to three years, resulting in a maximum grant size of £60,000.

Criteria for North East Core Funding 

To be eligible to apply for a grant from us, you need to meet all of the criteria below. Ineligible applications will not be considered.  

  • A not-for-profit organisation.

  • You must be based in and delivering all, or the vast majority, of your services in the North East of England. We are unable to consider national organisations, branches of national organisations, or federations of national organisations.

  • An annual income of between £20,000 and £300,00 in your last set of accounts.

  • At least one set of annual accounts, having been delivering services for over a year.

  • Free reserves of less than six months' running costs in your last set of accounts which includes reserves you have decided to allocate but are free to reallocate and does not include fixed assets such as land and buildings. 

  • A board of at least three unrelated trustees or directors. 

  • A safeguarding policy in place. 


We are unable to consider applications from any of the following:

  • Animal charities

  • Friends of associations

  • Branches or federations of national charities

  • Larger organisations with a greater capacity to fundraise

  • Uniformed groups such as scouts, guides and sea cadets

  • Sports clubs and associations

We are also unable to provide funding for any of the following:

  • Overseas travel

  • Curricular activities that take place during the school day

  • Religious promotion

  • Research grants

  • Repayment of loans

  • Purchase of vehicles

  • Equipment for hospitals

  • Major capital projects

What are our chances of success?

The programme is highly competitive, with around one in five eligible applications being successful. We meet to discuss grants twice a year and typically have considerably more requests for funding than we can support. 

What to expect

Before applying, there's a few things we'll expect from you. Click below to find out more.

How do we apply?

It is important to read the guidance notes and FAQs.

You can usually expect a decision within 10 weeks of the closing date.

As part of the application process, you will need to submit a copy of your latest audited accounts, an income and expenditure forecast (budget) for the current financial year and a full breakdown of the costs you have applied for.