Programme of Community Food Initiatives

SECAD, on behalf of safefood, is seeking applications for funding under the Community Food Initiatives Programme 2019-21.

The Community Food Initiatives Programme aims to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities by making food skills more mainstream and healthy food more accessible. safefoodwill be funding 13 projects through the course of 2016-18. As well as increasing awareness and knowledge around healthy eating, these projects will promote healthy shopping, improved meal-planning and budgeting as well as enhanced cooking skills. All of these are tangible, transferable skills that can benefit an entire community.

The Community Food Initiatives will be administered at a local level by South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD). Each Community Food Initiative will receive funding annually over a period of three years to set up, manage and sustain their project with safefood investing up to €30,000 in each of the 13 projects over the lifetime of the initiative.

In total, 17 projects on the island of Ireland have already received funding since the first three-year Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives from 2010-12 and successive programme from 2013-15. Key learnings and experiences from these previous programmes will be shared among the new projects and they will be encouraged and supported to enhance the long-term sustainability of their project from the outset.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 30th January 2019 at 5.00 pm

For more information please contact For further information contact:

 Sinead Conroy (SECAD)

Joana Caldeira Fernandes da Silva