Mars in the Community Fund
The Mars in the Community Programme is changing in 2017
Investing in our local communities is a key part of Mars’ corporate responsibility strategy. Our values are at the core of our approach to community investment and are what gives our approach an important distinctiveness.
Our investment in the communities in which we operate remains a long term commitment. We seek to add value in a way which is mutually beneficial, meeting the needs of our communities and reflecting our values as a company – both in terms of what we do and the way that we do it.
Our Business Purpose:
As we aim to extend success to everyone in our value chain, our community engagement strategy is embedded in our business measures. By being more focused and intentional in how we invest in our communities, we believe we can have an even greater impact
To this end, a new community engagement strategy has been developed that builds on our strengths. It takes our community engagement to the next level by aligning activities with core themes across Mars Food UK and supporting those communities around our UK Food sites.
Mars in the Community criteria:
Mars would welcome applications for support from the local community (within a 15 mile radius of the King’s Lynn PE30 4JE Mars site) against the new criteria of :
- Nutrition: Helping individuals and families eat more balanced diets
- Educational programmes: teaching people to cook healthy balanced meals
- Projects that develop life skills and inspire people to cook.
- Sustainability: Advancing sustainable communities, especially community gardens and growing projects
- School growing spaces
- Community growing spaces
- Benefits of Shared meals: Supporting community or education projects that promote and Inspire people to cook and eat together.
- School food technology area makeovers
- Provide pop up kitchens to enable communities or schools to cook
- Community cooking programmes and projects
Grants available and who can apply
Grants of between £500 – £3,000 are available. Charitable organisations within a 15 mile radius of the Mars site in King’s Lynn (PE30 4JE) are eligible to apply. Schools are also eligible to apply.
Mars in the Community awards process:
From 2017 Mars will only hold one judging panel per year – deadline for applications 5pm, Friday 28 April 2017.
Shortlisted applications will be invited into Mars to share their passion and plans for their community projects.
It is expected that in 2017 grants will be awarded in June/ July.
Successful applicants will be invited to into Mars in October to report on the progress of their funded project.
How to apply
Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a new way to apply online, which enables applicants to complete more of the process entirely online if they wish. If you have any problems at all using the new system please contact the Grants Team for support.
If you are using an old version of eg. Internet Explorer you may find it helpful to download a copy of Google Chrome to ensure you have the best experience – this browser is free to download here http://www.google.com/chrome/
Independent reference: Please note: we no longer require applicants to provide an independent reference with every application. Instead you will be asked to provide contact details for a referee within the online application form and we will contact the referee where we feel this will be helpful. Please see our FAQs for guidance on choosing an independent referee.
Making an online application:
Step 1 – Complete the online application form by clicking on the link below. The new form enables you to upload various pieces of supporting information to complete your application. You can still send some or all of your supporting information separately by email or by post if you wish.
Step 2 – Ensure that Norfolk Community Foundation receives your online form, and all supporting information, by the deadline date.
For Fund enquiries please contact the Grants Team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01603 623958