Emergency Food Fund

Status Closed
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available up to £10,000

Brief Description

Grants to support projects distributing food to people in need or for the development of emergency food deliveries and holistic support for those in need.


The Emergency Food Fund has been created by Ipswich East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. As health partners they understand that income deprivation and health inequalities are a key cause of ill-health and are therefore interested in working with partners to address these issues.

The fund is available for organisations delivering in East and West Suffolk but DOES NOT cover Waveney.

Evidence is widespread and includes:

  • There is a 12 year drop in life expectancy between Suffolk’s most deprived and least deprived areas.
  • 27.8% of children in Ipswich live in poverty.
  • The most deprived children and young people are 1.5 times more likely to go to A&E or be admitted to hospital than the least deprived.
  • There are strong links between deprivation and mental health.

Poverty impacts health, that is seen acutely when people are unable to feed themselves and their families adequately. Meeting this need is vital to maintaining good health and wellbeing which will help to relieve pressure on health services.

This fund particularly looks to support:

  • grants of up to £10,000 for the development of emergency food deliveries and holistic support for those in need (primarily aimed at foodbanks).
  • grants of up to £5,000 are available for those tackling emergency food for young people in need, such as holiday hunger projects.
  • grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups distributing food to older people in need.
  • grants of up to £5,000 are available to those distributing food to the homeless and vulnerably housed (i.e. supported accommodation).
  • grants of up to £2,000 for PTA’s to access funding for breakfast clubs or similar.


SCF award grants to charities, voluntary or community groups and organisations which are charitable in purpose including social enterprises and are working to help relieve disadvantage and deprivation across Suffolk. We seek to support genuinely good ideas that will make a real difference to the lives of local people.

The aim of our grantmaking is to:

  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Tackle disadvantage
  • Support local solutions to meet local needs
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Develop sustainable and supportive communities

The Foundation supports core costs, new or continuing projects, but would ideally like to see some sustainability around the project being offered.


Please see eligibility guidelines for full details.

If you have any questions, please contact a Grants Officer on 01473 602602.

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