Funding

Bread For Good (trading as Scotland The Bread) is a community benefit society and registered charity.

In 2016, we launched our first share offer to generate the capital needed to bring the Scotland The Bread project into community ownership from its beginnings as part of Bread Matters. This share offer raised more than £36,000 from a broad community of shareholders in Scotland, the UK and farther afield, which enabled us to access a £20,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and £20,000 loan from Co-operative and Community Finance through the Just Growth programme.

In 2020 we benefited from a grant from InnovateUK’s ‘Covid Fast-Response fund’ to deliver Flour to the People, which is our response not only to the increased consumer demand for quality flour that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted, but also to the food insecurity that afflicts many vulnerable people when just-in-time supply chains are disrupted.

Shares in the community benefit society are available on an ongoing basis. Scotland The Bread also runs a Supporters’ subscription service, building a community of society Members and Supporters whose skills and participatory engagement form a network of activity, and who also provide income to facilitate the project’s work. Additionally, Scotland The Bread welcomes donations of any size, directly to us or through the purchase of one of our Solidarity Bags of flour. These can be bought through our online shop, allowing customers to ‘pass it forward’ to community groups teaching breadmaking and cooking skills. The bag is paid for by you, and delivered by us to the brilliant community bakeries working across Scotland to keep their communities fed.

Prior to becoming an established community benefit society, Scotland The Bread raised approximately £8,000 through crowdfunding as part of the A-Team Challenge in 2014-15.

The 2019 society accounts can be found here.