Greggs Foundation

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Greggs Foundation is a grant-making charity which aims to build stronger, healthier communities in the areas where Greggs' operates. Our intention is to provide grant funding where it can do most good by focusing on

  • Addressing issues of poverty and inequality
  • Ensuring food is at the heart of communities
  • Supporting local community organisations to make a real difference

We distribute around £3.5 million per year to charitable organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The Foundation brings together all of Greggs’ charitable giving which has an extremely rich and long history. It is managed by an executive team of eleven members of staff and overseen by a board of trustees.

Our principle programmes are:

Breakfast Club Programme: established in 1999 to help primary school children get a nutritious start to their school day. Every school is provided with fresh bread from their nearest Greggs shop and a grant to support start-up and ongoing costs.

Community Holiday Club Programme: provides food and activities to children to reduce the impact of poverty and social deprivation during the school holidays.

Health: our Agents of Change Programme delivered through Rethink Food is a sustainable educational resource offered free to primary schools, that will help children to become more carbon resourceful. Children are encouraged to eat to save the planet.

Community Hub Programme: makes grants of up to £20,000 per year to support charitable organisations in the vicinity of a Greggs outlet to make a real difference in their community. We support organisations that can provide space and opportunity in those communities for people to come together, build connections and improve health and wellbeing.

Community Urban Rivers Regeneration Fund: provides funds to rivers trusts to run educational and community based environmental projects focused on urban rivers.

North East Core Fund: makes grants of up to £60,000, over up to three years to support the core costs of charitable organisations in the North East of England who are supporting their communities.

Hardship Fund: provides small grants to families and individuals in financial hardship. This programme makes grants towards household equipment, such as cookers, fridge freezers and clothing that can make a significant difference to people's lives.