Community growing projects across Scotland invited to apply for the Growing Food Together Fund

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund is once again offering a cash boost to community growing projects across the whole of Scotland.

Supported by the Scottish Government, projects can apply for part of the £100,000 fund that aims to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food, as well as promoting healthy eating and outdoor exercise.

The Green Action Trust, a leading environmental regeneration charity, is managing the fund as part of its work to drive forward the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network. Following the success of last year’s fund, the Green Action Trust is again expanding the application criteria to welcome applications from across Scotland.

Community growing projects are a key part of creating an environment that allows Scotland and its people to thrive. The Trust is particularly interested in applications that fit community growing into Scotland’s recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and deliver aspirations to become a Good Food Nation.

The closing date for applications to the CSGN Growing Food Together Fund is 5pm on Monday 8 August 2022.

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Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, commented:

“I am delighted that the Growing Food Together Fund continues to support community growing projects. These projects are a key way in which the people of Scotland can enjoy a wide range of social, community, health and environmental benefits.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic can still be felt, and it is more important than ever that people can continue to access greenspaces and growing projects which are crucial in promoting healthy physical and mental wellbeing.

This funding is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in community growing spaces and enjoy the myriad of health benefits that these projects can provide.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive at the Green Action Trust, commented:

“We are delighted to be playing a role in delivering this important fund and supporting communities to develop their outdoor growing spaces. These projects are fantastic, as they enable people to come together, build more resilient communities, and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of growing their own fresh food.”