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Local Grants

Past Funding

Previously Nurture Hull has been involved in managing a small grant funding programme to support  organisations to pilot new approaches to address food poverty and financial inclusion.

If you are looking to support local communities and improve food sustainability and availability in the city, we can assist you through the management of a grants programme, please contact us for more information.

To find out more about our previous programme, please click below.


Since the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, Hull has seen a significant rise in food inequality in the city, which has been reflected in larger numbers of food bank usage and food parcel distribution.

In order to support Hull Food Inequality Alliance and the numerous other organisations who are working to tackle food poverty in the city, Hull Food Partnership has developed a small grants programme funded by RB and Hull City Council. The aims of which are to enable local charities to pilot new approaches to addressing food poverty and financial inclusion together.


£2,000 grants for pilot projects to explore how new approaches to financial exclusion can enable people experiencing food insecurity to eat well and reduce the impact of financial exclusion on poor health outcomes and diet.

£500 grants for smaller projects that bring communities together over the medium of food. ·   This could include a wide range of free opportunities for people to learn about, share and enjoy healthy and sustainable food – e.g. through talks, challenges and competitions, demonstrations, intercultural and intergenerational events, food festivals and town meals.

Please note that you can only apply for one grant and you will need to declare which grant you are applying for in this application.

What the Hull Food Partnership small grants programme WILL fund:

  • Equipment or small building adaptations
  • Items of equipment or small adaptations to buildings for example:
  • Fridges, freezers or other kitchen equipment extending a kitchen area to enable cookery courses growing containers
  • Gardening equipment
  • Laptop for effective project management
  • Project costs for example:
  • Venue hire
  • Refreshments
  • Food items*
  • Publicity leaflets
  • Stationery

*If you do use this grant to secure food supplies, we expect you to adhere to the highest possible standards of procurement whilst meeting the needs of your beneficiaries. This includes considering the environmental sustainability and ethical standards of all food supplies, as well as the quality, nutritional value and cultural appropriateness of food for beneficiaries. Where possible, we ask that food supplies are sourced from local, independent business or services with high environmental standards.

What the Hull Food Partnership small grants programme WILL NOT fund:

  • Projects that focus on animals or pets.
  • Projects that focus on delivering a specific religious or political message.
  • Projects that only focus on delivering food aid (e.g. food banks, soup kitchens).

Who can apply:

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations with an annual income of below £100,000 that are based within and deliver their services to people who live within the boundaries of Hull City Council unitary authority. These include small local community and voluntary groups, registered charities, foundations, trusts, social enterprises and co- operatives. It should be noted that priority will be given to small groups with limited access to funding.

Due diligence will be undertaken to ensure this funding opportunity is effectively delivered.

 Who can NOT apply:

  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £100,000
  • Organisations based outside of Hull are ineligible to apply for this funding. This includes organisations based in the East Riding of Yorkshire who may deliver services in Hull.
  • Private companies that run their activities for profit.
  • Organisations with friends or relatives connected to the Hull Food Partnership Steering Group.

Grant submissions and work commencement

  • Applications for these grants need to be submitted by midnight Sunday 8th of May 2022.
  • Applicants will be informed of the grants panel decision week beginning 23rd May 2022.
  • Work funded by this grant must be delivered within the period of June 2022 to the end of September 2022.

Email your application to by midnight Sunday 8th of May 2022. Please specify in the subject line the name of your organisation and which grant you are applying for (£2000 or £500).


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The HEY Smile Foundation supports groups with their funding needs by sharing ideas and opportunities on the Beecan system.

To find out more about Beecan and funding available, please visit their website.

Hull CVS

Hull CVS manage various grants to support local organisations in receiving the funding needed to make an even greater difference within local communities. 

You can find out more information about the grants they manage on their website.

Hull 4 Funding

Hull 4 Funding Community Portal, provided through the Hull City Council, is a free funding search tool for not-for-profit organisations. Prior to being able to search for available funding, you will need to register to the platform. 

To find out more about Hull 4 Funding, please visit their website.

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