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.
    • Case Study: Food Research Collaboration
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