Neil Smith Good Food Grant scheme is open for applications

We are pleased to announce that thanks to a generous donation from Neil Smith, Good Food Grants are back in Brighton and Hove, giving funding to small food projects, that benefit the community.

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Neil Smith was a wonderful volunteer with the Food Partnership who sadly passed away in 2017.  We are very fortunate to be the recipient of part of his legacy, which has enabled us to continue this grant scheme at his bequest.  Neil loved nature and the outdoors, he volunteered at Racehill Community Orchard, planting hundreds of fruit trees.  He was passionate about supporting people in the community especially those with mental health issues.  Neil liked the idea of giving people a chance to try something new out; the kind of project he would like to fund would be to buy equipment and pay someone who wouldn’t normally be paid to deliver something for the benefit of the community.   More info about Neil here.

Good Food Grants

Does your group or organisation have a great 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?

We aim to award community projects working 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.

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

This year we will only fund:

  • Community food projects (e.g. cooking, growing and healthy eating activities) for adults with mental health difficulties or people experiencing poverty

Grace Eyre sharing pizzaPlease download the Application form 2019-20 and  Guidance notes 2019-20

The deadline for applications is Thurs 14th March 2019 at 2pm.

Previous recipients of Good Food Grants have been:

Grace Eyre, who gained a grant in order to buy a pizza oven and equipment; to prepare and eat healthy vegetables grown on their community allotment in Hove, supporting people with learning disabilities.

One of their service users, who has been enjoying the allotment regularly, particularly enjoyed being together with his friends at the Pizza days:

We learnt how to use the oven and choose our own toppings.  We also made our own salad dressings – we worked together as a team.  The pizza was AMAZING!

Possability People were able to run a six-week cookery demonstration, food tasting and healthy eating course which supported the maintenance of good bone, muscle and joint health for people with long-term muskuloskeletal conditions.

It’s been so good for me, mentally and physically. I’ve actually lost weight and eat so much more vegetables and fruit

Here is a full List of Good Food Grants awarded in 2017.

If you have any questions and to submit your application form, then please contact Helen Starr-Keddle on helen@bhfood.org.uk or 07850 002596.

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