Asda Foundation – Cost of Living Grant

The Costing of Living Grant scheme is provided and administered by Asda Foundation, Asda’s charity. The Asda superstores each have a Community Champion whose role is to support groups and projects within the community, as well as manage Asda Foundation grant applications.

The Cost of Living Grant scheme is managed by the local Community Champions. Proposals must be:

  • True to their community mission.
  • People-centred.
  • Efficiently run.
  • Locally focused.

The Grant is one of three funds within the Grassroots Grants programme, which aims to empower Community Champions and grassroots groups to apply for what’s important in local communities.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the grant is to help local community groups cope with the increase in their running costs and the provision of warm banks is included. The priority themes for funding are:

  • Increased rent and utility costs.
  • Increase in food costs and other essentials.
  • Volunteer-related costs.

Grants between £400 and £1,600 are available.

For volunteer recruitment and training, essential training course costs is capped at £120 per person.

Who Can Apply

Local not-for-profit community groups based in the UK may apply.

The following criteria apply:

  • The group must have a presence in and benefit the local community.
  • The end beneficiaries must be community groups of people.
  • There is no minimum timescale for how long the group has been in existence.
  • There is no income limits for organisations.

Groups can apply for a Cost of Living Grant in addition to one other grant or Green Token Giving offered by Asda Foundation.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Groups based outside the UK.
  • Annual income above £1 million.
  • Groups who cannot demonstrate charitable work in the local community.
  • Groups where the end beneficiary is an animal.
  • Individual people.
  • Third party grant-making organisations.
  • Schools (but PTAs with their own bank account can apply).
  • Organisations who do not have a valid Safeguarding Policy in place (or are unable to provide evidence).
  • Groups who have a clear affiliation with a particular political party.
  • Storage rental.
  • Ongoing salaries.
  • Promotional or advertising costs.
  • Alcohol.
  • Raffle prizes.
  • Excursions/day trips/transport.
  • Restaurant meals.
  • Transport costs.
  • Insurance.
  • Memberships.
  • Vouchers.
  • Volunteer-only celebration events.
  • Equipment to be kept by the individual.
  • Salaries and running costs.
  • General utility bills.
  • A core state responsibility.
  • Retrospective costs.

Eligible Expenditure

Project and running costs are supported and eligible costs for each theme include (but not limited to):

  • Increase in rent/utility bills: support to keep community buildings open to the public or increase opening times to help people stay warm e.g. increase in heating costs for a community group providing a warm bank; increase in rental costs for community organisation supporting a wide number of groups from the local area; increase in electricity costs for a community hub.
  • Volunteer support: to strengthen and boost volunteering in local communities for costs that directly benefit service users e.g. travel costs to the volunteering location; travel costs required to deliver services; refreshment costs; non-electronic equipment, materials, clothing/uniform needed for the role.
  • Increase in food costs and other essentials: support for people most affected to cover the cost of basics to address an immediate need and/or situation e.g. food provision for those in need; food parcels and family food boxes; ingredients for soup kitchen/community cafe to be able to make hot meals; items to deliver the warm bank offer; basic clothing for a clothes/baby bank; portable heater for warm bank; personal hygiene items.

Combination applications are accepted e.g. extended opening times of a community cafe.

How To Apply

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2024 but may close early if funds are depleted. Applicants are advised to apply early.

Application forms are only available from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda superstores.

Applicants can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal. Application forms may be completed by hand (preferred) or digitally.

Applicants can apply for funding for both rent/utility bill support and increased food costs within the one application form.

Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before activities are due to begin to give enough processing time and should include the following:

  • Bank statement/paying in slip to verify the payee name for the cheque by looking at the account name, which should be clearly visible.
  • Group documents e.g. constitution, club rules, etc.
  • If not a registered charity, provide confirmation that the group is a not for profit organisation.
  • Digital signature declaration (if not providing a wet signature).
  • Ringfencing confirmation (if group name and payee name are different).

Groups should contact their local Asda Community Champion for further information.

Documents & links

Contacts

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

  1. Asda Community Champion
    ASDA Foundation
    Local Store