New grant fund open for community fridges!
The Community Fridge Investment Fund, a fantastic collaboration with Co-op, offers an opportunity to access up to £7,000 in funding to fuel your initiatives and drive your social and environmental impact goals!
With this fund, we want to deepen the impact of fridges and address the issues that come up time and time again, like volunteer recruitment, lack of capacity or dependency on grant funding, just to name a few.
We’ve listened to the network and identified areas where our support could address these problems through encouraging innovation, enhancing existing activities, adapting to new and future challenges and using research and insights to enable groups to become self-sustaining.
We are seeking applications from established fridges needing support and we are delighted to be offering groups between £3,000 and £7,000 to take their fridge further.
This funding will be available on a rolling basis, with a number of grants being available each month over the next 6 months. We will be allocating grants on a continuous basis until the funding allocation is distributed.
What might the funding be used for?
The focus of this funding is to improve the longevity, self-sufficiency and social/ environmental impact of your community fridge. Applications might include:
Improving buildings and facilities related to your fridge
Training and learning
Training and learning opportunities for your team
Extending and/or expanding the existing service that the fridge group provides
Using insights from previous projects to evolve into new initiatives (“survive mode” to “thrive mode”)
Equipment and technology
Upgrading equipment and technology
Reaching more people through marketing and communications
Improving your income generation and fundraising
Volunteer recruitment and management
Trying out new and innovative ideas
Working with other groups to make your project stronger
Reducing waste and making best use of resources
Capacity or core costs (this could include rent for the facility or salaries for permanent staff. Please note that core costs should be no more than 1/3 of the funding received)
Evaluation or impact measurement
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