A new £50,000 fund to help food growers flourish in Glasgow has been unveiled.
Delivered through the city's food growing strategy, The 'Let's Grow Together Fund' will provide grants of between £500 and £5000 for existing and prospective growers across the city as part of the council's effort to ensure Glasgow becomes a sustainable food city.
Applications for the fund are being invited from community groups and constituted food growing organisations that support the development of growing spaces in the Glasgow. Any application must show a commitment to addressing at least two vital objectives from a list that includes climate change, community growth, health and well-being, education, diversity and inclusion, biodiversity and growing locally.
Cllr Angus Millar, City Convenor for Climate Change, believes the fund will help to ensure the spread of food growing across the city.
He 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.
"The fund is a great opportunity for Glasgow's growers and I look forward to seeing successful projects thriving in future."
The fund will open on Friday 23rd September 2022 for a 6 week period. Successful applicants will be advised in December 2022 with funding being issued in January 2023.
Further information and application forms can be found here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=29654
Glasgow's Food Growing Strategy seeks to encourage growing in the widest range of settings, whether that be in allotments, community gardens, orchards, hedgerows or where ever growing might be possible. Over 250 additional spaces around the city such as in parks, on disused sports pitches, within the grounds for social housing and other places have also been identified as potential growing spaces.
More information on the food growing strategy is available through this link.