Hackney Foodbank Community Fund

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The Hackney Foodbank Community Fund aims to support organisations responding to the immediate impacts of food insecurity in Hackney, particularly communities hardest hit by the crisis.

What can the fund support?


The fund will support Hackney residents, by providing:

  • Food security
  • Helping people out of food insecurity
  • Piloting Phone to Food – a digital credit for people to do their own shopping – https://facedonate.org/

Income threshold:

Organisations with an income of up to £500,000 in the last financial year can apply. Those with an income over £500,000 are not eligible for this programme.

For organisations with an income of less than £300,000 per year, as well as funding your support to communities, up to 50% of the grant can be used to support the resilience and sustainability of your community organisation. This core funding for organisational costs could include, but is not limited to:

  • salaries
  • rent and bills
  • capacity to address food poverty

Organisations with an income over £300,000 can apply for project costs only.

The total value of this fund is £195,500 so we expect to award around 20-24 grants.

N.B. All posts (including staff members, sessional workers, part-time or full-time posts, freelance workers) funded by these grants must be paid at or above the London Living Wage.


Grants must respond to the immediate impacts of food insecurity in Hackney.

Applications are welcome from organisations supporting people based in Hackney. At least 85% of the people supported by the grant must live in the London Borough of Hackney.

Members of the Hackney Food Network are particularly encouraged to apply.

Programme priorities:

We will prioritise applications from organisations supporting people on low incomes or those who are likely to be disproportionately impacted by food insecurity as a result of systemic inequality. We will first prioritise the following groups of people, although we will also consider funding organisations whose work supports people outside these priority groups:

  • Black and Minoritised Ethnic (BME) communities.
  • People with specific dietary needs which cannot be met by the Hackney Foodbank standard food parcel.
  • People with no recourse to public funds

Size of Grant:

Grants of up to £10,000 - to be spent within 12 months - will be available.


12 noon on Monday 22nd January 2024 (no late submissions will be accepted)

Source of funding:

The fund is comprised of unspent financial donations received by the Hackney Foodbank during the pandemic. The number of people in crisis rocketed during this time and, with limited staff capacity, the food bank’s focus was on scaling up operations and sorting emergency parcels to meet the huge demand.

Now, with a full staff team in place and with support from the London Community Foundation (who will help manage the fund), grants of up to £10,000 are being offered to local groups.

How to apply:

To apply to this fund, please take a look at the fund guidelines by clicking on the button below or at the top right-hand side of the screen and then clicking on the 'Apply here' button.

Contact details:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at applications@londoncf.org.uk.