Good Food Grants is open for applications

Small grants to promote growing and cookery projects to help city's residents available now

by Helen Starr-Keddle 

Does your group or organisation have a fabulous idea for a food-themed project needing a little funding to get started?  Or perhaps you are an established organisation stressing out about where your core costs are going to come from to run a food project?

Good Food Grants is a once-yearly funding stream run by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.  We are now in our eleventh year and have funded a whopping 279 local, community based projects in Brighton & Hove.

We aim to award community projects to improve the health, skills and confidence of local residents through healthy eating, increased cookery skills and food growing.  We want to see projects that bring people together, celebrate food and support the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Good Food Grants is now open to applications.  Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £850 for food projects in Brighton & Hove.

This year after listening to feedback from previous applicants we have made the application form and reporting even easier.  The deadline for applications is Friday 10 March 2017 at 2pm. Grants will be awarded by 25 April 2017.

This year we can only fund:
  • Community growing projects aiming to run cooking, growing and healthy eating activities with vulnerable adults*
  • Cooking and/or shared meals for people experiencing poverty**

For more information and the application forms visit this page:

www.bhfood.org.uk/funding

Funded projects last year included a cookery project for women refugee and asylum seekers at The Hive café in Hove, a new holiday hunger lunch club run by One Church Brighton and cookery at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden for people with learning disabilities.

‘With the support of the Good Food Grant, healthy eating has become embedded within The Sanctuary’s ethos and amongst our client group.’

The Clocktower Sanctuary, running a healthy eating project with young homeless people.

‘The most successful aspect of the project was involving people in gardening who had never done gardening before. Some claimed to hate it but ended up loving it. One member of the group who has OCD was resistant to getting their hands dirty but spent an afternoon elbow deep in compost while planting tomatoes. That was a significant breakthrough. ‘

The Green Centre running a gardening project for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and the long-term unemployed.

‘The Good Food grant allowed us to buy much needed tools and equipment to provide a functioning allotment for our service users to participate in both gardening and horticultural activities.  Using the right equipment we were then able to provide a safe and accessible space for many individuals to carry out their tasks and enjoy their time at the allotment.’ Grace Eyre, running a regular allotment for people with learning disabilities.