Local food growers in and around Glasgow can now apply for financial support from the City Council.
Some £50,000 has been made available for the Let’s Grow Together initiative, which is part of the council’s effort to ensure Glasgow becomes a sustainable food city.
Grants will range from £500 to £5,000, and no group will receive more than 10% of the money pot, according to fund documents.
Applications are being welcomed from both existing and prospective community groups and constituted food growing organisations around Glasgow.
Successful groups must show they are committed to addressing at least two of the objective themes listed by the council. These are:
- Climate change
- Community growth
- Health and wellbeing
- Environmental education
- Diversity and inclusion
- Local growing
The council also states growing projects must have some kind of continuing benefit to community and growing spaces more widely – for example, the contribution of new growing spaces to Glasgow to reduce overall allotment waiting lists.
Glasgow Councillor Angus Millar, City Convenor for Climate Change, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be launching the Let’s Grow Together Fund for growers in Glasgow. Our food growing strategy is opening up and expanding spaces for growing across the city and we want as many people as possible to participate in growing their own fruit and vegetables.
“If you are a community group or a food growing organisation then this fund has the potential to make a significant difference to your project. Growing your own food brings a wide range of benefits and we want to see applications coming forward that demonstrate a commitment to improving local communities and the wider environment.”
Scotland more widely has been sharply focussing on how it can improve its food system. Back in June, the country adopted its new Good Food Nation Bill.
The legislation requires Scottish ministers to produce a national Good Food plan every five years.
This plan will need to outline what the main outcomes are, how they can be achieved through policy, and the indicators by which the success of the plan can be measured by, with the aim of enshrining ‘pride and pleasure’ in food into law.