Small Environment Grant

Improving People's lives by improving their environment

Greggs Foundation aims to make a difference to people in need at the heart of their local communities. It has a number of programmes that aim to address the needs of disadvantaged local communities. We are delighted to announce a new grants programme that aims to improve people's lives by improving their environments. 

Under the environmental grants programme, projects should aim to make a difference to a local area with preference given to projects which involve or benefit people who are disadvantaged. The programme is administered by seven charity committees throughout England, Scotland and Wales. 

Please carefully read the following guidelines before starting an application:

Who do we support?

Any not for profit organisation can apply, preferenc 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 and 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. 

The following examples are to be used as a guide only. The programme is open to a wide range of community led applications. 

  • A group of volunteers who completed litter picking exercises in their local parks or along a local riverbank
  • An allotment project for people suffering early stages of dementia
  • A growing project in a local primary school
  • Clearing an area of wasteland in an area of high social need to create a community garden

All projects must have environmental benefits. Priority will be given to disadvanatged people which could include the following groups of people:

  • People with disabilities or suffering chronic illness
  • People living in a disadvantaged area 
  • People living in an area with poor access to the environment
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless people
  • Isolated older people
  • Other identified need

Key Performance Targets:

    Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate improvements against at least one of our Key Performance Targets to be successful for a grant:

    • People have better access to/are more likely to use their local environment
    • People have improved their lives through participation in an environmental activity
    • The local environment is improved as a result of a grant

     Excluded items

    We are unable to fund the following excluded items:

    • Ongoing running costs
    • Overseas travel
    • Curricular activities that take place during the school day
    • 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 based near Greggs shops. 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?

    This is a new programme and during the six month pilot we are keeping the criteria very open. This means 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. 

    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 email with the details of your application. If you don't receive an email it is likely that somthing has gone wrong. Please contact Greggs Foundation on 0191 2127626 and we can help you.

    To make any significant changes to the application after submission, please email You can expect a decision within 8 weeks of the published deadline date. Grants programmes are usually over-subscribed and reserves the right to close the application window if we've received a great deal more good quality applications than we are able to fund. We will notify you here if we are unable to accept applications.

    Apply now