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Food security grants launched in Oldham

A new Food Security Challenge Prize has been launched in Oldham, offering grants of up to £15,000 to support local food projects to transition from food aid to food security.

Spitalfields City Farm. Credit: Zoe Warde-Aldam

Spitalfields City Farm. Credit: Zoe Warde-Aldam

Oldham council in partnership with Stir to Action and Community Fed Oldham have launched a new grant programme inviting Oldham residents to design an enterprise or service to reduce food poverty and increase resilience in the borough. 

Grants are available for new or scaling food enterprises that are developing effective responses to local food insecurity and focusing on long-term change, social impact, and increasing employment in the local food sector. These include, but are not limited to, projects such as community growing, food co-operatives, community cafes and community food kitchens.


What is available?

  • Start-up awards of £2,500, £5,000 or £7,500 for organisations that are unincorporated or have been active for less than 18 months
  • Scale-up Awards of £10,000, £12,000 or £15,000 for incorporated businesses that have been trading for 18 months or more

Who’s it for?

  • Community groups with a new enterprise idea
  • Established organisations that are developing new services
  • Local partners building new infrastructure for the food system

How to apply

  • Apply by 29 November 
  • Applications can be made via the web form or by audio or video recording
  • Successful applicants will be notified in December and invited to pitch for the final grant amount by public vote at an event in February 2023.

For more information and to apply visit the Stir to Action website. 

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Published 16 Nov 2022

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