Financial Support For Business

Grant support to Social Supermarkets and Pantries

As part of the Council’s approach to supporting the development and sustainability of social supermarkets and pantries, small grants are now available to support developing and existing social supermarkets.  The grants will help to fund start-up costs for new developments along with providing sustainability support to existing social supermarkets by contributing to revenue costs. The grants will be made in a one-off payment and cover the period 2023/24 to 2025/26. 

Applications are invited for grants of up to £15,000. As the funding is a fixed amount, the actual awards of grants will be determined by the number of grants awarded.
Applications for start-up support will need to include a business case demonstrating viability and supporting evidence in relation to premisses and staff / volunteers to operate the proposed development. 

For existing social supermarkets, applications will need to give detail about how the grant is proposed to be spent. This could be contributions to staffing / volunteer and premises costs along with the purchase of food stock. 

Successful applications will be awarded a grant under the Council’s standard VCS service level agreement and provisions agreed in the Rotherham Compact. This will include monitoring arrangements to provide detail of beneficiaries and equalities data, alongside financial arrangements.
The successful organisations will work together with the Council and other organisations to address linked issues around deprivation, ensure appropriate contacts/ signposting to advice service provision and neighbourhood working. 

Bids should be in the form of a letter setting out details of grant requested and proposed uses. Where appropriate, supporting documents should be appended. 
Bids should be submitted by e-mail to 
The closing date for bids is Friday 27th January 2023.
Information for bidders is available from Steve Eling, Policy and Equalities Manager, Assistant Chief Executive’s Directorate, 4th Floor, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham S60 1AE.