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Funding for Foraging, Food Growing and Cooking to mark World Food Day on Sunday 16th October

On Sunday 16th October (World Food Day) and during London Challenge Poverty Week (17th – 23rd October), Good Food Lewisham is inviting growing projects around the borough to host an event to encourage local people to visit green spaces to engage with foraging, growing and cooking activities by providing small grants of up to £250 to run activities and workshops. It could be a foraging trail in a park, cooking with foraged ingredients, showing people what grows in their community garden or giving foraging and growing tips.

About the Foraging, Food Growing and Cooking Activities Small Grant 2022

Thanks to funding from Lewisham Council’s Creative Change Fund and 4in10 Charity for London Challenge Poverty Week Lewisham Local is offering small grants to community groups and charitable organisations to deliver additional foraging, food growing and cooking activities to mark World Food Day on Sunday 16th of October. Projects can apply for up to £250 and there is a total pot of around £2250. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 28th September 9am.

The aims of this funding are:

1. Increase foraging, food growing and cooking skills and increase the number of people engaging in these activities

2. Showcase local growing projects, increase awareness of opportunities to get involved with food growing, increase volunteering in this area and enable new connections within communities

3. Increase awareness of local wild foods and growing spaces in Lewisham and enhance understanding of where food comes from

Why are we offering this small grants programme?

As Lewisham is London Borough of Culture 2022, we want to showcase projects, share skills and encourage mass participation on one main day/week to give visibility to projects and encourage more visitors and volunteers at these projects. Lewisham Local will publicise the activities together with a list of all the growing spaces in the borough and a foraging map, to increase visibility.

Making bread at AFRIL's food growing workshop October 2021

Feedback from grantees of Lewisham Local’s previous food growing small grant programme was positive. As hosts of Good Food Lewisham, a network of passionate people working together to change the world of food in the London Borough of Lewisham, we want to increase access to local food growing, gardening, and cookery opportunities for Lewisham residents, and people with a connection to Lewisham, by enabling groups to run an activity that they wouldn’t necessarily have the budget or capacity to offer. World Food Day (October 16th) and London Challenge Poverty Week (October 17th-23rd) provide a great opportunity for us to do this while highlighting the need for a fairer food system with better access to nutritious sustainable food for all.


To apply, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Open to registered charities and constituted groups (e.g. CIC, CIO) or a less formal not for profit community group that has a constitution, committee of 3 or more people, ideally not related to each other, and a bank account in the name of the organisation. Organisations must be based in Lewisham and/or serve a vast majority of Lewisham residents. Individuals and unconstituted groups without a bank account in their name can apply to offer a project but must find a local host group willing to provide the organisational bank account and cover insurance and policies

  • Organisations must have public liability insurance and an organisational bank account

  • Organisations and groups must have a safeguarding policy and appropriate checks if working with children

  • Groups must provide information to Lewisham Local on the scheduled activities to promote through our network

  • Organisations must source their own workshop facilitator

  • Event must take place in the London borough of Lewisham or borders (for example if the park or garden is on the border of Lewisham but has a lot of visitors from Lewisham), where the majority of participants live/work/study etc. in Lewisham. We are looking for geographical spread around the borough so everyone has somewhere local to visit

  • Events must take place between Saturday 15th of October, Sunday 16th October World Food Day, or London Challenge Poverty week 17-23rd of October, and include a foraging, food growing or cooking with foraged ingredients element

  • Event must include an educational aspect with participants learning about picking, growing and/or cooking with local food

  • Events must be risk assessed and briefings given to participants which include the safety of eating wild foods and not damaging by over foraging

What can I apply for?

  • Workshop facilitation

  • Event space hire

  • Workshop/event resources (such as seeds, plants, tools)

  • Printing publicity

  • Refreshments (ideally healthy, sustainable, local etc. rather than from a supermarket)

  • Travel expenses if necessary

  • Project Coordination

How To Apply

Applications open Tuesday 13th September 2022. Please fill in the online application form below by Wednesday 28th September 9am. If you have any issues/questions about the grant or application form, please contact

The Process

  1. Confirm your interest by filling in the online application form here

  2. Lewisham Local will be in touch within five working days of the application deadline to confirm if your application has been successful

  3. Complete a Terms and Conditions and Bank Details form and return along with a copy of your organisation’s public liability insurance and safeguarding policy

  4. Upon receipt of the required documents Lewisham Local will arrange for a BACS transfer of the award within seven working days

  5. Successful projects will be asked to share their event details for Lewisham Local to promote via Good Food Lewisham and on their website

  6. Funded activities take place between Saturday 15th and Friday 23rd of October to mark World Food Day and London Challenge Poverty Week

  7. Organisations will be asked to complete a short monitoring report by Sunday 30th October, in order to report back to our funders


Organisations will be asked to complete a short monitoring report on completion of the activity. You can find the questions here. Projects funded will be asked to keep a record of participant numbers, keep a record of receipts as evidence of how funds were spent, and any publishable photos or quotes from the activity.

Application Form

Should you prefer to apply by completing an application using a word document, please email to request a form. In that case, please send your final application form to

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