Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Charities Grant Fund

Grants are available for front-line food aid charities to help them continue to provide food to the vulnerable. There is a total fund of £3.45 million with grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 per organisation being made available. The deadline for bids is 6 July 2020 (12 noon).

Front-line food aid charities can apply.

Applicants will be eligible if they:

Are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities.

Have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020.

Are receiving food from the FareShare charity.

The funding is to be used to provide for people:

  • Who are unable to afford food.
  • Who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, or the newly homeless.

Defra’s webpage ( has more information.

Application Procedure:

Application is through the eSourcing portal (

Applications will be assessed strictly on a first come first served basis.

The outcome of the application will be sent by email.

Contact Defra for further information at

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