The Greggs Foundation
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne and closely associated with Greggs plc., the Foundation is a grant making charity which improves the quality of life in local communities, distributing around £2.8 million per year to charitable organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales and supporting Greggs plc to raise over £1 million each year for external charity appeals.
We aim to make a difference through the provision of our five main grant programmes, north east core funding grant, local community projects fund grant, environmental grant, hardship fund grant and breakfast clubs which all share the common goal of improving the quality of life of people in local communities.
The North East Core Funding Programme - helping charities in the North-East thrive
Our North East Core Funding Grant was created to support charitable organisations in the area that help the community's most deprived and excluded members. We offer grants of up to £15,000 a year - sometimes for as many as three years - to help cover their core running costs. This financial support helps these organisations to grow and thrive, create jobs, and do more good for the people they serve.
Last year, we supported 25 organisations in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Durham with core funding support, totalling £613,217.
Hardship Fund - Offering a helping hand when it's needed most
The Hardship Fund allows Greggs Foundation to offer a helping hand to local people when they need it most. We offer grants of up to £150 to help people purchase individual items that can make a huge difference to family life - such as a washing machine or fridge. We also help people facing significant changes by, for instance, buying them equipment for a new baby or uniforms for a child starting school.
We set up the Hardship Fund in 1993 and, since then, have provided more than £3 million worth of goods to help people in the North East of England who are facing tough financial circumstances. Last year we provided over 2,400 grants, totalling £265,307.
The Local Community Projects Fund Programme - Growing the impact of community organisations across the UK
We know that one of the quickest ways to have a positive impact on our local communities is to fund organisations that are already doing great work, helping them to achieve more. Our Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not-for-profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn't afford to. We have seven Local Charity Committees which meet regularly to review applications and award grants.
In 2016 these committees gave out 477 grants across the country worth a total of £583,828 to existing organisations with a track record of making a positive impact on people's lives.
Greggs Breakfast Club programme - A good start to the day; a good start in life
We started the Breakfast Club programme in 1999 because we knew there were children all over the country attending school each day without having eaten breakfast. Hungry children find it harder to concentrate and learn, ultimately impacting their academic attainment.
In 2016, we opened 54 new Breakfast Clubs, which took our total to 409 clubs operating across the UK. Each school day, these clubs serve a nutritious breakfast free of charge to over 24,000 primary school children, making sure they have the energy to concentrate and learn.
The Environmental Grants Programme - improving lives by improving the environment
The Environmental Grant Fund is our newest programme and was created when the UK government introduced a 5p levy on carrier bags in England in October 2015. We believe that looking after our neighbourhoods can have a real impact on the quality of life of the people who live there.
We are particuarly supportive of projects which involve and engage the local community such as funding schools to deliver programmes that educate the next generation about how and why to care for the environment.
In 2016, Greggs plc provided the Foundation with £714,618 of additional funding which we distributed to 289 different organisations. This includes larger contributions to two environmental charities: The Rivers Trust and Surfers Against Sewage.
To find out more about the Greggs Foundation, please visit: www.greggsfoundation.org.uk