If you’re part of a community group in Wales, you can now apply for a Small Grant to help you plant, grow and share produce with your local community.
Food For Life Get Togethers is inviting applications for food-based community projects interested in getting involved in Plant and Share Month. Grants are worth up to £150 and applications are now open to help groups with everything they’ll need to take part – from buying seeds and compost to getting hold of tools.
Who can apply?
The grant is open to not-for-profit groups and settings and the activities can either be virtual or can take place in person, in line with Covid guidance.
The activities supported would need to be community led; could include people from disadvantaged and diverse communities; bring people together and reduce experience of loneliness or social isolation; encourage a positive attitude to ageing and diversity and may also may have the potential to become longer term projects.
Food For Life Get Togethers cannot accept applications from previous successful applicants and can only offer one grant per organisation. The full Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Hannah Norman, Wales Community Food Manager at Food Sense Wales, is encouraging community groups to to apply for grant funding ASAP.
“Our grants of £150 are here to help you and your community take part in Plant and Share Month. Last year, Food For Life Get Togethers supported over a hundred community organisers and groups across the UK to take part in a range of planting, growing and food sharing activities,” says Hannah.
“To apply for a grant, you’ll need to register your activity and complete the grant application form. You’ll need to complete both steps to apply and if you need any support with the application or have any questions about the grant or application process, you’re welcome to contact us.”
Hannah would also love to see more individuals across Wales to take part in Plant and Share Month. Whether growing in yoghurt pots for the first time or a seasoned grower with an allotment, you can plant your seeds, share the seedlings or produce with you friends or neighbours and share the experience on Facebook or Twitter using #FFLGetTogethers.
“Food for Life Get Togethers have plenty of resources to get you potting. You can also take part in our free online training to boost your skills, download your Plant and Share Toolkit, and join our digital community to swap tips and ideas. Head to our website for more inspiration and support.”
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 22nd February.
Food for Life Get Togethers is a programme of community activities to connect people from all ages and backgrounds through growing, cooking and sharing good food. The four-year National Lottery Community Fund programme started in June 2019 and is led by the Soil Association Food for Life charity. In Wales the campaign is delivered by Food Sense Wales.