Bids invited for funding to tackle food poverty

Angus Council is inviting bids from Angus charities and community organisations for a share of funding to help support those affected by food poverty.

By
Mark Dowie
Wednesday, 13th July 2022, 12:00pm
Bids invited for funding to tackle food poverty

The council is allocating £100,000 towards tackling the issue in the local area, part of the £1.672 million provided to the county from the Scottish Government’s £80 million Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery fund.

The fund has been set up to provide targeted support for businesses and communities as part of the next phase of recovery from the pandemic.

Councillor Mark McDonald, communities convener, said that, when deployed with existing financial and practical support, this latest funding will “have a positive impact across our Angus communities.”

He continued: “These are extremely challenging times. I cannot recall a time when the demand on people’s personal finances was so great. It is vital that we use all means at our disposal to support those in greatest need, not least when it comes to food poverty. The very notion of people going hungry in Angus in the 21st century should appal every one of us.

“The LACER fund’s strength is that it maximises local service delivery, making best use of the strong links forged between the Council and the many excellent voluntary and charitable groups in our area and I look forward to hearing about the applications we receive.”

The LACER fund builds upon the wide range of work that is already being undertaken by groups across the county and means those agencies can develop resources as they provide crucial help to people at the earliest opportunity.

A council spokesperson said: “We are ready to receive funding applications now. They can be for a minimum of £1000 and maximum of £10,000. The closing date for applying is Monday, August 1 at midday.

“Examples of projects could be direct assistance to access food offering a wider range of fresh, refrigerated goods; supply of equipment/resources to reduce cooking costs, or enhance nutrition, such as slow cookers, or quick and easy meal cards.

Applications can be made by emailing CommEngagement@angus.gov.uk and further information can be found on the council’s LACER funding webpage.

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