Get up to £15,000 to support your food project in Oldham

Apply by 29 November 2022

The Food Security Challenge Prize in Oldham offers start-up and scale-up grants and mentoring for new or scaling food enterprises that are developing the most effective responses to local food insecurity and focus on long-term change, social impact, and increasing employment in the local food sector. There’s £50,000 to be awarded across six grants in two categories, and will be decided at the live participatory funding event by public vote in February 2023. The most votes takes home the biggest grant in each category. Apply now.

Start-up Award

  • You’re an unincorporated organisation or have been active for 18 months or less
  • £7,500
  • £5,000
  • £2,500

Scale-up Award

  • You’re an incorporated business that has been trading for 18 months or more
  • £15,000
  • £12,000
  • £10,000

What's a Challenge Prize?

Such is the scale of our current national food crisis, that data on food poverty is often obsolete by the time it is published. As a growing cost of living crisis bites further into budgets, demand on emergency provision like food banks can only rise. Stretched already by declining donations and a volunteer shortage, the last resort for far too many is on the edge of breaking point. This systemic failure will not be easily solved, but there is a glimmer of possibility amidst the challenges.

What if inspiring food enterprises could be supported with the resources to test new alternatives in the local food system?

How might communities make a start on building a food system that better serves local people?

We're inviting Oldham residents to apply for the Challenge Prize to access funding for a new enterprise or service that reduces food poverty in the borough as part of efforts to transition from food aid to food security.

Apply here

How will you improve Oldham’s food system?

Recognising the importance of food as an economic, public health, and cultural issue, we’re looking for great local food initiatives that benefit people living and working in Oldham, such as:

Food co-operatives

Community growing spaces

Community cafes

Community food kitchens

This prize compliments our CommunityFed: Oldham series of free events: workshops, webinars and study visits. We strongly encourage prospective Food Security Challenge Prize applicants to attend any of these events which link to a local food enterprise or service they would like to develop.

Contact: or 07515116730 (Mon-Tues, Fri)

Apply here

How does it work?

Stage One

  • – Download the info pack
  • – Read the challenge statement & eligibility criteria
  • – Apply before 29 November 2022
  • – Six successful applicants will be notified by 10 December 2022

Stage Two

  • – Join a pitch training workshop in January
  • – Develop a four-minute pitch about your idea
  • – Pitch at participatory funding event on 2 February 2023
  • – Take home your award, as decided by the crowd at the event
  • – Get connected to local mentors and other support

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

Get in touch

Download pack

Apply here

Looking for more support? If you’re based in the Oldham area and committed to transforming the food system, join our three-month programme and be part of a local movement. Click here.

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