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Edinburgh Community Food

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

About the organisation

This charity (ECF) provides nutritional education on health and diet, including healthy food options for low income communities in Edinburgh. They have developed and provide ongoing support to thirteen Community Food Co-ops. These are run by their volunteers who also operate the warehouse which supplies fresh fruit and vegetables to the Co-ops, hospitals and community venues. The charity also delivers taster sessions, cooking courses and nutrition workshops for Schools, Nurseries and Family Centres. This includes accredited food and health-related training for families with children under 5, those on low income or unemployed and staff working with community food-related projects.

About the award

The charity’s current premises include warehouse, office and meeting space which is running at full capacity, restricting business activity and growth. ECF wishes to expand their present warehouse/office space to incorporate the adjoining premises which have become vacant.

Giving Team View: What we liked about this project

"This is an outward looking organisation which extends support to local projects which for many families are the only source of information about and access to affordable healthy food. This is a social enterprise which has successfully combined this valuable support for families and communities whilst significantly increasing generated income from its broader activities."

How this would fit with our Giving Strategy 2016-19

In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19 (launched August 2016), applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.

Although granted prior to the strategy launch, this application would have been eligible under our new approach as a result of its fit with the following themes:

  • Funding Strand: Strengthening Communities
    Funding Theme 2: Supporting people and communities to find routes out of poverty

To find out more details about all of our funding strands and themes, please download our Giving Strategy 2016-19.