Theme 3

Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects

There is a strong community food sector in Newcastle particularly around cookery skills, healthy eating, nutrition and food growing.  To encourage and develop this Food Newcastle want people to join the Community Food Network


Newcastle Community Food aims to inspire and guide individuals, communities and organisations to make positive food changes by sharing positive food change through information, skills, resources and projects

The objectives of the Newcastle Community Food campaign are:

  • To develop a community discussion/sharing forum to communicate, collaborate, network, pass on valuable information, resources and find partners
  • Provide citywide funded opportunities for existing organisations to expand food knowledge, skills and resources either within their setting or for local communities


Community Food Grants support the development of community activities in Newcastle seeking to address food related health inequalities which aim to inspire people about good food and how this can impact on their health.

The small grant fund gives local community organisations and schools the opportunity to develop grassroots community food projects in their settings. Many projects are not only driven by health improvement benefits but seek a wider social impact such as greater cohesion within communities.

  1. Cooking We fund projects that focus on progressing people’s cookery skills; giving people an opportunity to continually increase their skills which, when put into practice, will benefit their health long into the future.
  1. Nutrition We fund projects that have a nutrition education focus that will give people the knowledge to make good food choices for themselves and share this learning with their friends and family.
  1. Growing We fund projects which create community food growing spaces or support people to ‘grow their own’ at home; enhancing people’s understanding of where food comes from and develop basic food growing skills.

The Newcastle Public Health funded grant scheme has operated in Newcastle for over a decade on an annual basis disseminating a total budget of £10,000 offering up to £2500 per applicant.  The pot of funding in 2018 grew from £10,000 to £11,250 – which has funded an additional project!   A special thanks to:

  • Harissa Kitchen (Food Nation’s sister project) kindly contributed £250; as part of their dedication to invest profits back into the community!
  • Muddy fingers raised £1000 at the NE Potters ‘Empty Bowls’ event!

The successful applicants for 2018


Newcastle Community Food Forum on ‘Slack’ a network for community food organisations to communicate, collaborate, network, pass on valuable information and resources, find partners and discuss what’s going on. We’re opening this up to community food organisations or any group, project or organisation that builds food skills and knowledge – so cooking skills, food growing and more.

To be part of the Forum please email


Newcastle Community Food Gatherings We are looking to organise gatherings at different projects across the city. This would give more opportunities to network, update, discuss opportunities for citywide campaign delivery there could be topic based gatherings to share learning with each other.

If you or your organisation have interest in or run a community food knowledge, skills, resources project please email