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.
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.
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:
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.
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