Mars in the Community
In partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation Mars award grants in areas surrounding their factories in Melton and Waltham on the Wolds.
Local charities, community groups, clubs, schools or regional branches of national charities can apply for funding as long as they are based in or delivering projects within the following geographical areas:
Within a 10 mile radius of Mars’ Melton Mowbray site: postcode LE13 1BB
Within a 15 mile radius of Mars’ Waltham-on-the-Wolds site: postcode LE14 4RS
The Mars in the Community programme supports projects and activities that will deliver a positive benefit to the community within the themes of
Petcare and Food.
Grants of £500 to £3,000 are available
The petcare category includes the following three areas:
– Pet Education
Mars supports pet education through projects which do the following:
- Encourage responsible pet ownership through training and education.
- Share responsible pet ownership messages through educational outreach programmes
- Offer ‘Responsible Pet’ training events.
- Address current issues faced with pet ownership within the community through young enterprise programmes.
Mars supports sustainability through advancing pet amenities and facilities for pets and their owners in the countryside and urban green spaces. Through this they aim to enhance opportunities for people to enjoy responsible, healthy exercise and interaction with their dogs in the local community.
Projects could include:
- Community pet activity spaces, activity trail developments, park equipment.
- Providing better amenities and facilities for pets and their owners.
- Community projects that address pet ownership barriers or negative community impacts including clean-up programmes.
- The promotion of improved health and fitness of pets.
– Benefits of pets
Mars promotes healthy and positive interaction between pets and people or projects that address current issues faced with pet ownership in the community.
Projects could include:
- Activities that promote positive interaction with pets such as pets in care establishments or schools and pets and owners becoming registered to be a Therapy visit volunteer.
- Activities that promote healthy and positive interaction between pets and people.
- Community programmes that enable disabled or elderly owners to keep their pets as part of their family.
- Young enterprise programmes that meet community needs through pet related activities.
The food category includes the following three areas:
Mars supports nutrition education through projects which do the following:
- Educational programmes that teach people to cook and eat healthy balanced meals.
- Develop life skills and Inspire people to cook.
Mars can support sustainability through the development of school and community gardens and growing projects. This can include:
- School growing spaces.
- Community growing spaces.
-Benefits of Shared Meals
Mars can support community or education projects that promote and inspire people to cook and eat together. Projects could include:
- Helping schools develop food technology spaces or create kits for pop up food education programmes to inspire the next generation.
- Supporting community cooking programmes which bring the community together to improve interaction.
*Please note that product donations to address hunger crisis are managed through Mars’ s partnerships with food distribution charities The Trussell Trust and HisFood.
Mars cannot support any of the following:
- Projects that fall outside the stated criteria
- National charities (unless local branches of national charities)
- Individuals or charitable appeals for individuals
- 3rd party fundraising – i.e. organisations or individuals fundraising for others
- Parties or celebration events
- Exclusive religious groups, pressure groups, political organisations or causes
- Overseas causes, expeditions, overseas travels or residential trips
- Commercial sponsorship or organisations with which association may be potentially harmful to the Mars businesses
All groups who successfully receive Mars funding will be required to attend a meeting with Mars staff to informally talk about their project and the work of their organisation.
Applications are now open: ***Click here apply online***
The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 30th April 2017.
Decisions will be communicated to applicants in June 2017.
Please contact Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation if you need help or advice at any stage of the application process:
Telephone number: 0116 2624 916