Our current funders

Reading Community Lottery

Food4families are one of the local causes who benefit from Reading Community Lottery. Please buy a ticket to support our work.



The Earley Charity is a local grant-making charity serving Earley and east Reading. Its history goes back some 300 years. It is now one of the largest local grant-making charities in central southern England.

Our grant-making programme is extensive and innovative. We make grants to local individuals in need and to voluntary and community organisations which work in our area of benefit.


Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), is a charity that works across Berkshire to raise, then distribute, money directly to vital local causes. They ensure that any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, brings greatest benefit to those most in need in the local communities. They are currently supporting Food4Families through with a  Vital grant and with via the Oracle Giving Back Project



Reading College, and Activate Learning run some  of their community learning courses at Food4families gardens, where local residents learn together how to grow seasonal vegetables.


Food4families are delivering courses in the community in partnership with New Directions.

The New Directions vision is To support individuals to achieve their personal aims and aspirations whether they are to gain employment, improve their skills or to help them be part of their community.

Our mission is To provide best value, high quality adult and family learning, which meets the needs and aspirations of each individual in the local community.



Local Food Reading Borough Council provide grants and advice to support local voluntary and community organisations.

Previous Funders

Big Lottery Fund

The National Community Lottery Fund are here and ready to help you through COVID-19. When people are in the lead, communities thrive The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery Apply



Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK*. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who is working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.


Whitley Community Development Association

Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) are a local charity working in the Whitley area of Reading. We are based at the Whitley Social Club & Cafe which is situated within the South Reading Youth & Community Centre, Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading RG2 7QA.


Local Food Local Food has been developed by a consortium of 15 national environmental organisations, and is managed on their behalf by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). Supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, Local Food will distribute grants to a variety of food related projects to make locally grown food more accessible.


The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the whole of the UK. It has established management systems for holding and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million annually to environmental projects across the UK. www.wildlifetrusts.org


Trees for Cities is an independent charity, which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide. Over three years, the Trees for Food programme was funded to create twenty new growing spaces promoting sustainable changes in behaviour through raising awareness and understanding of food growing, healthy eating, and local food networks. Treesfor Cities is supported by The Big Tree Plant and Local Food fund.



BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK corporate charity. The annual telethon is one of the highs of the BBC calendar and plenty of activity takes place all across the UK around this time to help raise those crucial pennies to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Through Children in Needs Small Grants programme, they reach organisations operating with smaller amounts of money which they recognise can make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people. www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/


The NINEVEH Charitable Trust. Our Objectives are very broadly based. These were set out by our Founders in 1968 and subsequently modified by a Deed of Declaration in 1992.

  1. The health, welfare and education of the general public
  2. The study and appreciation of agriculture, horticulture, silviculture and land and estate management
  3. The study and appreciation of ecology & land conservation, and
  4. The study and appreciation of forms of agricultural practice or land management that would encourage the preservation of the countryside.

Our Aims currently promote:

  1. The health, welfare and education of the general public
  2. The study and appreciation of agriculture, silviculture, ecology and land management
  3. The study and appreciation of land and estate management that encourages conservation of the countryside.

The Trustees shall endeavour to support proposals that meet these Aims and that are for the benefit of the public or relevant charitable bodies.




Englefield Charitable Trust For almost 50 years the Englefield Charitable Trust has supported a range of charities and good causes in and around Berkshire, which include education, the arts, social welfare, health, conservation and the armed forces. It is an independent body, with its own board of Trustees. It receives more than 650 requests for help every year and the Trustees must make the difficult decision of selecting which projects to support.


The Englefield Charitable Trust was established in 1968 by Sir William Benyon. Having inherited the Englefield Estate from a late cousin, Sir William had the idea of setting up a charitable trust very early on. An initial payment was made into the Trust’s account and four Trustees appointed. Several pockets of land on the Estate, which were considered to have developmental potential, were given to the Charitable Trust and, over subsequent years, four of these were sold and formed the basis of the current fund. Sir William remained chairman of the Trust until his death in 2014. He took an active and personal interest in its affairs, as much involved with strategic investment decisions as with the shortlisting of applicants for the biannual meetings. The Trust’s giving has always reflected Sir William’s broad philanthropic outlook. He loved churches and church halls and helped to build and restore them for communities across Berkshire. As a naval man he supported the armed forces at every opportunity. He saw the potential in and understood the importance of youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides, and he loved the land and conservation, history and heritage. The family has maintained a strong interest in the Trust, which is now chaired by Sir William’s daughter, Catherine Haig.


Leeds Building Society is the 5th biggest building society in the UK with 140 years of experience, and has  every intention of getting better and better. They are committed to improving in many ways, from the perspective of members, colleagues and our business.

As well as being ambitions they have lots of great reasons for you to choose to save or buy a home through them. Leeds B.S. have won a whole host of awards over the years, that reflect how they have focused on thier customer service. They have also worked hard to develop a product range to try to meet members needs and have worked with numerous local communities and chosen charities.


The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk