Covid-19 : In light of recent government advice, Foundation Derbyshire is temporarily closing its office. Staff will be working from home and our email address will continue to be monitored as normal during usual office hours: Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm. Fri - 9am to 2pm.

Foundation Derbyshire’s Coronavirus Fund

We established Foundation Derbyshire’s Coronavirus Response Fund as a vehicle for distributing the various donations and funding streams that we have been administering, in response to the Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on our local communities.

Since March we have distributed over £1.08 million of funding, supporting the incredible work that our voluntary and community sector is doing to alleviate pressure on the health service and reach and support those made most vulnerable by the economic and social impact of the Coronavirus.

This frontline emergency response has included foodbanks, befriending services, hospices, domestic abuse refuges, charities working with homeless communities, mental health counselling and debt advisory services.

Most of this funding has now been allocated and so we have taken the decision to temporarily pause applications to our Coronavirus Response Fund. Depending on the availability of new funds, we do hope to be able to re-open for applications within a few weeks for a limited period of time.

In the meantime, we are currently accepting applications for the Derbyshire County Council Grant Support Fund:

Derbyshire County Council Grant Support

Foundation Derbyshire is once again delighted to be able to offer a Derbyshire County Council funded package of grant support for Derbyshire food banks, community cafes and food projects*.
This new Winter Programme will run from the Monday 23rd November 2020, so that we can continue to help you:

  • Purchase food and household goods throughout the Winter months – particularly from January onwards when we know sometimes public donations drop off
  • Safeguard the stability of your foodbank / cafe during these pressured times, covering core costs such as rent, staffing, utility bills
  • Purchase equipment and resources

There will be two streams to the Derbyshire County Council Winter Programme; Quick Access Food Grants and Winter Foodbank Main Grants. Groups can apply for both one Quick Access and one Winter Foodbank Main Grant during the life of the programme.

*Eligible applicants include Derbyshire based Foodbanks, Community Cafes and other food projects that are enabling people experiencing financial crisis and food insecurity to access food.


1) Quick Access Food Grants

  • You will not need to complete an application form, but we may well need access to key organisational documents such as accounts and bank statements.
  • Quick Access Food Grants will be for up to £1,000 only.
  • Grants can be used for directly purchasing food, including fresh goods, toiletries and household goods.
  • To request a Quick Access Food Grant email: with the heading Quick Access Winter from Monday 23rd November.
  • If you are eligible, we will aim to get the funding to you within 14 days.

Please note: If you already have an active Foodbank grant with Foundation Derbyshire then the monitoring will need to be submitted first before any new funding is released. If you need help with the monitoring simply let us know when you email us at


2) Winter Foodbank Main Grants

You will need to complete an application form (this is our generic / standard form) which can be accessed here.

  • Grants of up to £8,000 will be available.
  • The £8,000 can be used for any costs which will ensure you can operate effectively over the winter period and help ease financial pressures for the remainder of 2021.
  • This could include:
    • rent, staff salaries, utility bills, volunteer expenses, petrol, takeaway containers, storage etc.
    • “Wrap around services” that are being delivered by or in partnership with a foodbank, community café or food project (e.g. informal or formal advice and support in such areas as debt, welfare, job searches etc)
  • We cannot, however, duplicate any existing funding you might have in place.
  • There will be no fixed closing date. We anticipate that the first round of grant awards will be made in the run up to Christmas and we will provide you with a firm date as soon as we ascertain initial application levels in the first few weeks. Subsequent panel meetings will take place in January and February.

As always, we will keep you in the loop as we move through the process, so you will know exactly when to expect a decision.


Please note:

  • If you already have an active grant with Foundation Derbyshire please contact us to discuss any monitoring we might need before you submit a new application.
  • If you are a Derby City based Foodbank or community cafe, please email us at to access our other Coronavirus Response Funding.

We do hope that we can help you over what will surely be a challenging winter for Derbyshire and look forward to hearing from you.


If you would like to donate to the Foundation Derbyshire Coronavirus Fund, please click the button below to go to our Justgiving page, or email

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