Why Bristol Local Food Fund?
Supporting local community food projects to fight food insecurity
Bristol has an amazing food and drink culture, but 1 in 12 households experience food insecurity, struggling to access enough food to eat.
There are so many brilliant community food projects in our city working to tackle food insecurity, but they lack access to vital funding and support.
Bristol Local Food Fund aims to provide this support, by fundraising from people and business across Bristol and giving funding grants to community food projects, with priority given to people and communities that experience food insecurity most severely.
To ensure that funds are allocated to people and communities that are most in need, all funding decisions are made by a group of local people with lived experience of food insecurity - which we call a Citizens Panel.
The Panel is professionally facilitated, all members of the Panel are renumerated for their time above the living wage, and all reasonable expenses covered. This approach to giving grants is known as participatory grantmaking, and aims to be a much more inclusive and accessible.
BLFF is a project run by volunteers, raising money from local people and businesses in Bristol. All funds are held on behalf of BLFF by our partners, Feeding Bristol and Quartet Community Foundation.
In 2023, we awarded £60,000 to 18 community food projects across the city. Find out more about our first funding round here.
Sadly, the level of need in our city is continuing to grow rapidly, so we're now aiming to raise £150,000 per year, and to continue to do this work until everyone in our city can access good, affordable food.
Donate to Bristol Local Food Fund today and help build a city of food justice