DEFRA - Tameside

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Groups can apply for up to £500 to help people in crisis access food and essentials (toiletries, household essentials). There must be an additional offer of longer term help e.g., a leaflet with where to go information, variety of formats.

Community Food Poverty Provision Fund (Up to £5,000)

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to Support Community Food Poverty Provision. This can be existing or new provision. The funds can go towards:

  • Food: The cost of purchasing, preparing and cooking food.
  • Logistics: Transportation/delivery/storage of food and essential items, purchase of parcels/containers for food supplies or meals.
  • Essentials: The costs of any proposed essentials to support those most in need, such as toiletries/hygiene and cleaning products/baby products/pet essentials.
  • Rent: Towards the cost of using premises to deliver the Project. Please note that you cannot apply for your full rental costs. Only a percentage of rent can be applied for, and this percentage will be determined by the decision panel members.
  • Publicity Production of a leaflet or newsletter to advertise the activities the Recipient is undertaking.
  • Expenses, travel, parking or similar costs incurred by volunteers delivering help, support or assistance.
  • Training: Necessary courses that the Recipient intends to offer volunteers to deliver the Project.
  • Equipment: Essential equipment specific to the delivery of the Project.
  • Administration Membership costs (for Fare Share as an example), general costs of running the Project (administration costs should be kept to a minimum).
Organisation   Project

Barty's Foodbank              


The Community Food Poverty provision Fund will be a lifeline for the Foodbank and help to fill the gaps left by fewer donations and higher demand for food parcels.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

West African Development (WAD)


This project with the support of a number of volunteers will support the most vulnerable with some of these issues in the community. As the frontline African community organisation in Tameside, they want to ensure that families basic needs are catered for, to support themselves and their families to the basic amenities we all take for granted. As the whole landscape of our community is changing, they are taking numerous calls and referrals for families who have either lost jobs, benefit sanction or no entitle to a public fund and are now struggling to meet daily needs and are isolated in the community and have nowhere to turn.

Ashton United in the Community


This group would like to concentrate on helping local people to tackle the current cost of living increases, encourage healthy eating & diet and improving mental & physical health and wellbeing by providing holiday hunger lunch packs to children on a weekly basis for 6 weeks, and also household essentials packs for those in greatest need. Current pantry members and other residents in the OL6 postcode area will register for the packs and these will be delivered from the Food Pantry in Cedar Park by our volunteers in conjunction with Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group.

The Together Centre


Together Pantry Delivery 2 U

This groups aim is to provide a meaningful service whereby 30 Tameside Households per week experiencing food poverty, will receive a food parcel supporting them through the ongoing fuel crisis



BLOOM -Dig & Dine

This group will deliver a ‘Dig & Dine’ initiative at our allotment site in Hyde. This would comprise of a twice weekly session where we will prepare and cook healthy meals with up to 30 vulnerable people per session, utilising our allotment grown produce. The people we will support are adults with learning disabilities and / or poor mental health.

Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau  

Increased Capacity

CAB – This project will provide high quality generalist advice to local Tameside residents with a range of advice needs across enquiry areas. We will advise residents facing financial difficulties and rising living costs. The cost of living crisis has been growing in scale and impact over the last six months, with inflation reaching historic levels and yet to peak. Those on the lowest incomes are most exposed, and masked within the headline inflation figures are specific increases that are hitting low income households the hardest. We anticipate a volume of participants to be on low incomes, benefit and employment incomes, and to have variable incomes, facing changes in circumstances, bereavement, relationship breakdown, the life events that clients approach us for generalist advice about, those experiencing a financial shock

Bethel Pentecostal Church


Summer Holiday Food Distribution Programme

The main aim of this project is to maintain healthy community through provision of basic food and hygiene products to poor households as they spend the upcoming holiday with their children.

Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group


Cooking affordable, nutritious food, low cost & low energy

This group want to support the Pantry Store members to cook nutritious affordable food, using low energy equipment; to do this we want to help member make best use of existing equipment and supply low energy cooking utensils including slow cookers, pressure cookers, steamers etc.  food for recipes and encourage members to share experience and ideas.

Ark of Hope


Community free meal service, The aims of the group are:

•        To provide meals and other resources for community members who can’t provide for themselves

•        To support people who are socially isolated and our community as a whole

•        To enable local people to get involved and give back to their community

•        To help in any way we can during a national crisis

Khush Amdid


Hot food for the Homeless

United Kingdom M’mbondo Community


M’bondo Community Summer Holiday Support.

This group will be supporting members of the M’mbondo community residing within Tameside to maintain good health summer holiday. M’mbondo community is an African subtribe originating from D R Congo. Majority of the community members are refugees who migrated to the UK after civil war to escape civil war. Similar to other communities living in Greater Manchester and Tameside in particular, M’mbondo community have been seriously affected by Covid 19 as majority of the Adults lost their part-time cleaning jobs during the lockdown. The project will involve provision of £50 pounds voucher to a food store whereby the beneficiary will be able to purchase food and hygiene products of their own choice to the limit of the voucher value.

Action Together’s Development team have a wealth of experience that could help you find and secure funding. Please contact us on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email: