- Do you have or manage a community garden or green space?
- Would you like to attract more local families, particularly those on low-incomes, to your site?
- Would you like to offer a workshop related to food growing during October which includes the October Half Term or during London Challenge Poverty Week (11th-17th October)
We want to increase the number of families involved in food growing in Lewisham through offering small grants for groups to run outdoor food growing activities, particularly families on low-incomes, families accessing food banks, and refugees and asylum seekers.
Through running free workshops,we want to raise awareness of where our food comes from, how to grow food and forage, and connect with the local natural environment as a longer-term solution to addressing food insecurity.
Food insecurity is one of the symptoms of poverty. Before Covid, it was estimated that up to 1 in 5 parents in Lewisham were living in ‘low or very low’ food insecurity. This has increased during the pandemic. Addressing food insecurity requires looking at food systems and longer-term solutions, e.g. giving people opportunities to grow their own food. This can be challenging in London where not everyone has access to a garden. Through providing five small workshop grants, we hope to enable groups to attract new families on a low income who otherwise may not have known about these spaces.
- Workshops must take place in Lewisham borough
- Activities must run in October 2021
- Workshops must provide food and refreshments as part of the offer and be free (at least to low income families)
- Groups must demonstrate how they will reach out to low-income families and provide information to Lewisham Local to promote via their networks
- Workshops should aim to attract around 20 people (children and adults)
- Organisations must source their own workshop facilitator
The grant is budgeted to cover one workshop, and can include:
- Workshop facilitation
- Workshop resources
- Printing publicity
- Travel expenses if necessary
Projects funded will be asked to keep a record of participant numbers, and provide a short description of what activities took place along with any photos and quotes to demonstrate the impact in order for us to report back to the funder.
Deadline to apply: Monday 4th of October, 2021
To apply, please submit your responses to the questions below via the form below