Compass Group Foundation

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Our mission is to improve the lives of people through education and innovation, empowering them to play a key role in the future of food for their communities. 

The Compass Group Foundation leverages the networks and relationships of the world’s largest food services group to make the biggest difference for the most disadvantaged groups.

Our three priorities

01.

Creating inclusive job opportunities

We provide access to job opportunities for disadvantaged groups by funding effective and innovative approaches to training and career advancement in the foodservice & hospitality sector.

Image of a chef smiling in a kitchen whilst rolling up his sleeve
A farmer standing in a field with a crate of apples freshly picked

02.

Empowering local & SME suppliers

We advance a sustainable food supply chain by investing in initiatives that support equitable market access and economic opportunity to small holder farmers and entrepreneurs.

03.

Emergency response

We provide urgent support in the case of global emergencies.

Charity workers supporting an emergency response project

How the Foundation works

Independent charity

We are an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales

Principal funder

Compass Group PLC is our principal funder and we leverage its expertise to amplify impact

Board of Trustees

We are goverened by a Board of Trustees who are accountable for the delivery of our purpose and strategy

Grant maker

We provide grants to non-profit organisations in countries where Compass Group operates

Beneficiaries

Our main beneficiaries are low income, disadvantaged groups in society

By aligning to the overall Compass Group strategy, we can make the biggest difference to our local communities.

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People

To create lifetime
opportunities

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Performance

To deliver long-term valued
relationships

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Purpose

To make a positive social and
environmental impact

Our impact

In 2022, our first grants went to support non-profit partners creating inclusive job opportunities, supporting small farmers and suppliers, and responding to global humanitarian emergencies:

Foodcycle

A FoodCycle volunteer serving and chatting to the charity's beneficiaries

FoodCycle: Upskilling volunteers to support with the provision of community meals

Fundación Integra

Members of the Fundacion Integra Women's Academy chatting in a meeting

Fundación Integra: Recruiting and training women from minoritised groups

Sai Swayam Society

Beneficiary of the Sai Swayam Society Skills Development programme

Sai Swayam Society: Skills development programme

Türkiye Down Syndrome Association

Beneficaries and members of the Türkiye Down Syndrom Association standing for a photo with the charity logo

Türkiye Down Syndrome Association: Creating inclusive job opportunities

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

A farm supported by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association: Improving BIPOC market access

Unnati

Collage of the different people and projects led by Unnati

Unnati: Vocational Training and Social Transformation programme

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

Some of the people in Ukraine that the Foundation's grant to the DEC has been able to help

Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC): Ukraine Humanitarian Emergency

Our Trustees

The Board of Trustees’ goal is to deliver impact through our funding and activities. They are responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board is accountable for everything we do. 

Get in touch

If you are a not-for-profit organisation doing great work to create inclusive job opportunities or support small suppliers in the food industry, we’d love to hear from you. When contacting us, please provide a concise outline of your organisation’s mission, including your track record, project idea, location(s) and beneficiaries served.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What type of funding do you provide?

The Foundation usually make grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. We will provide project, general/core, overheads, matched funding or other types of grants, depending on the needs of the organisation. If a grant covers part of the cost of a proposal, the Foundation may require the applicant to provide details of the other funder(s) and the funding that they have secured or applied for.

What do you fund?

The Foundation is keen to support activities that advance its funding priorities and charitable objectives in an effective way. Organisations considered must align with our funding priorities: 

1. Creating inclusive job opportunities: to provide access to job opportunities for disadvantaged groups by funding effective and innovative approaches to training and career advancement in the food service & hospitality sector.

2. Empowering local suppliers: to advance a sustainable food supply chain by investing in initiatives that support equitable market access and economic opportunity to small holder farmers and entrepreneurs.

3. Emergency response: to provide urgent support in the case of global emergencies.

How do I apply for a grant?

The Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited applications for grants, instead it proactively identifies and develops relationships with social impact organisations. However, organisations are welcome to introduce themselves using our contact form. The Foundation acknowledges each message submitted, but might not be able to reply individually to all messages. If an organisation and/or proposal is of interest, we will contact you and may invite you to apply for a grant. 

Where do you operate?

Geographically, grants are awarded to initiatives in countries where Compass Group PLC and its group companies (Compass Group) has a presence and can leverage expertise and engagement from employees to amplify the Charity’s impact. 

How does the Foundation decide who is awarded a grant?

We make decisions based on the quality of proposals, partnership opportunities, social need, and funding availability. Organisations considered for funding should be registered as a non-for-profit organisation and will be subject to due diligence checks. All grant proposals must be made in writing using a standard form that will be shared when invited to apply for a grant.

Proposals must explain in detail how the grant will be used and put forward a strong case for support. In particular, a proposal must:

a) demonstrate how the activities funded by the grant will benefit the intended beneficiaries and advance one or more of our funding priorities.

b) demonstrate clarity of purpose, grassroots engagement and empowerment of communities, tangible positive outcomes, cost-effectiveness, accountability and a sustainable approach to delivering social impact.

c) provide a budget for the proposed activities.

d) give details of any other funding that has been awarded or that is being sought for the activities to be funded by the grant.

Can organisations request food or product donations?

No. Only financial grants are available through the Foundation. Requests for in-kind donations (e.g. food donations) are managed independently by Compass Group and its businesses.

What is the relationship between Compass Group & the Foundation?

Compass Group PLC is our principal funder. The Compass Group Foundation aims to partner with Compass Group businesses to amplify impact via volunteering or co-funding opportunities in areas where the business has expertise and can make a difference.

The Foundation is an independent entity and makes funding decisions independently from Compass Group and its businesses.