FUNDING to support food poverty initiatives has been made available in the Wrexham area.

The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) is operating a grant scheme funded by the Wrexham European Transition Fund 2021/2022.

It will support any voluntary organisation or community group aiding the increasing number of people facing food poverty.

The funds are available to support all the fantastic work that is already happening across our communities and follows on from a previous food poverty grant fund in which over £20,000 was awarded to nine community initiatives.

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Funding is available for a variety of activities, including food initiatives such as social supermarkets, community cafes, lunch clubs and community cookery classes.

Organisations can also apply for capital funds for purchasing items such as fridges, freezers, and cooking equipment. It can also be used to purchase IT equipment which could help facilitate a system of electronic referrals and contact with customers.

Full criteria can be found on the AVOW website, along with the application form here.

Funding can be used for both capital and revenue, and is also open to organisations that have already received funding from a previous AVOW Grant Scheme.

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The new Chief Officer of AVOW Dawn Roberts-McCabe said, “With rising costs impacting so many people right now, I’m delighted these funds are available to support our community organisations and those who continue to struggle financially.

"We recognise there is a quick turn around on these applications and encourage organisations to contact our team if you have any questions or need further support.”

The closing date for applications is Monday March 28.