What and Why?
Helping fight food inequality in Bristol
Bristol has an amazing food and drink culture, but 1 in 20 homes experience food insecurity, struggling to access enough food to eat. There are many brilliant community food projects working to tackle food insecurity, but they need funding and support.
So, you may be asking, why support Bristol Local Food Fund?
The Bristol Local Food Fund aims to tackle food insecurity by funding and supporting community food projects that are helping people most in need in our city.
The funds will be allocated by a Citizens Panel, made up of local people with lived experience of food insecurity, to ensure money will go where it is most needed.
This is a fund by the people of Bristol, helping to build a fairer food system in our city.
In November 2021, we ran a crowdfunding campaign that raised over £60,000. Over 500 people and several businesses donated to the campaign, and over 50 food & drink businesses offered rewards to encourage donations.
To decide on how the funding should be awarded, we adopted principles of participatory grantmaking (PGM) in our approach. PGM gives decision-making power about about funding to the very communities it hopes to support, and helps to bring historically excluded voices to the table, build better relationships between funders and fundseekers, and ultimately lead to more equitable decision-making and outcomes.
In Summer 2022, we recruited seven people with lived experience of food insecurity to our Citizens Panel, to discuss, design and decide on the grant-making process for Bristol Local Food Fund.
In October 2022, in partnership with Quartet Community Foundation, we opened applications for the first round of funding, and in November 2022 the Citizens Panel reviewed the applications and awarded £60,000 of funding to 18 community food projects across the city.
Watch our Crowdfunder campaign video to learn more!
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How you can get involved
Whether you're a food business, local business or just a passionate individual, learn more about how you can get involved.