Food

We believe there are ways to produce higher quality food that are better for people, the environment and livestock. We support community involvement in food production, the development of a more positive policy position for sustainable food and diets, and reduced use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and fossil fuels.

 

 


 

 

Funding priorities:
 

  • Innovation in alternative approaches

We support: Inventive projects that can test and demonstrate viable alternative approaches to mainstream corporate food production, retail, and consumption, or the development of food production methods that do less harm to the natural environment, and improve the lives of people, local communities and livestock, or work that influences local food buying and selling and promotes the wider uptake of sustainably produced food.

Applicants must: Develop new methods which can be replicated, or influence policy and practice more widely.

We want our funding to: Increase supply and demand for food that is produced more sustainably.
 

  • Food and wellbeing

We support work that: Increases people’s understanding of the role of food in their lives, and the impact it can have on personal and community wellbeing, and changes the preferences, attitudes and behaviour of the public towards food, and takes place on a scale that influences and drives how food is produced, transported, marketed and consumed, and can influence significant numbers of people.

Applicants must: Work in an engaging, persuasive and participatory way.

We want our funding to: Support the sharing of new ways of changing people’s food habits – both radical and incremental.
 

  • Working towards a more coherent food sector

We support work that: Forges closer links between third sector organisations and food producers, distributors and consumers, or links advocates of change in the food system more closely with relevant academics and sources of evidence, or persuades mainstream food businesses, policy makers, and the public to engage with food sustainability and to seek sustainable sources of supply.

Applicants must: Have the capacity and skills to engage policy makers at national regional and local level, and have a track record of gathering and presenting persuasive, evidence-based arguments. 

We want our funding to: Enable organisations from across the spectrum of food interests to work more closely together to address system-wide issues.
 

We do not fund:

  • Food-related work that is well supported from other sources
  • Work that takes place primarily in individual schools
  • Routine local growing schemes
  • Work that has primarily health-related outcomes
  • Other work that is routine or well-proven elsewhere, for example:
  • Core work of city and demonstration farms
  • Healthy eating projects
  • Gastronomic societies and clubs
  • The routine work of farmers markets
  • Mainstream work of individual allotment associations
  • Therapeutic farming and horticulture projects
  • Community based work of entirely local impact with no prospect of wider replication
  • Community Cafés
  • Individual food banks
  • Weight loss organisations and other specialist diet groups
  • Work that provides a commercial advantage to individual suppliers
  • Work that has primarily health-related outcomes