Food Nation are now accepting applications for their Community Food Initiative Grants, to support projects that are addressing local food access issues for local communities.

Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Food Nation provide innovative food and nutrition services to schools, businesses and communities across the North East of England. The Community Food Initiative specifically supports the development of community activities that address health inequalities related to food, nutrition and diet.

Hi-Res-FN-LogoPrevious funding has been offered to those supporting people to have healthier diets and lifestyles, through providing food skills interventions, food growing activities and improving access to food where affordability or physical access is an issue.

Past projects that have received grants include after-school cooking and allotment clubs, healthy lunch-box schemes, adult cooking classes specifically for parents and exercise workshops.

One of the key aspects of the grant scheme will be based on how projects will measure and evaluate the impact of their work. By building evaluation into the project from the start, organisations will be able to identify areas of development, the successes of their work, and where further opportunities may lie.

For 2014, there is a total of £10,000 available, with a maximum of £2,500 per organisation. Grants are only available to those working in the Newcastle area.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st May. For more information, visit www.foodnation.org

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