On 19 January, the UK-based organic food partnerships network, Sustainable Food Places, launched an initiative to provide grants to SFP members in deprived areas in England that have been hit hard by Covid-19.

The grant is recognition of the vital work that local food partnerships have done to help local communities cope with the pandemic and the impact on the food system. Sustainable Food Places are offering so-called Food Resilience grants to members of its SFP network.

The grants will come from a funding pot of around £300,000 (approximately €340,000) made available by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Applications for funding are restricted to food initiatives submitted by SFP members based in England and grants will be distributed over a 7-month period, from April to October 2021. The grants can be used not only to cover the costs of the food partnership itself, but also those of its suppliers.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Food Places website.