The Deal for Communities Investment Fund supports community groups and projects that work towards improving outcomes for local residents.
Since its launch in 2016, Incredible Edible has been a key priority for funding to encourage communities to take part in sustainable food initiatives across Wigan and to help coordinate, teach and support others to grow their own food. We welcome applications for funding that show:
- Learning from field to classroom to kitchen
- Enhancing Wigan In Bloom
- Edible trails within our community
- Intergenerational learning – Health and Wellbeing, isolation and loneliness
- Growing beyond the school gate – encourage growing fruits around recreation fields, around school fences and between schools
- Supporting local business and traders
- Working together in partnership – keeping it simple and about the food.
What's happened so far?
Local Lunch Day at Wigan Market
Bulbs from the Green Grass Centre
Green Grass Centre Greenhouse
Planting trees in Lilford
Potatoes ready for Potato Day
Council staff on Potato Day
Planting in Believe Square
See our progress so far and get inspired with some great examples of how we’ve supported local residents and community groups to be Incredible.
Growing Together is a local food initiative based in the Green Grass Centre, Atherton. After successfully applying for the Deal for Communities Investment Fund, this project was awarded a ‘Big Idea’ grant of £50,000.
The funds will allow Growing Together to achieve its goal of creating a community garden for everyone to enjoy, in line with the Incredible Edible philosophy. Events will be planned for the whole community, including courses on making bird boxes and hanging baskets, and growing bedding plants, as well as fun planting activities.
Supporting local business
Incredible Edible recognises that the more people shop for local food, the stronger our local food economy is. We ran a number of events and activities to encourage residents to support local business, eat healthy and grow their own:
- Funded blackboards and gave them to stalls selling local food on Wigan Market so they could let everyone know what was on offer
- As part of Wellfest 2017, we invited staff, residents, businesses and anyone else in Wigan Borough to spare their lunch hour and take part in a Mass Mile event from Believe Square to Wigan Markets and back. People taking part were encouraged to visit the Market Hall to buy their lunch or a piece of fruit. This marked the launch of Local Lunch Day, which we are hoping to promote one day a month as part of Incredible Edible
- Hosted our very own Potato Day to encourage residents to grow their own, sharing various healthy recipes
- Partnered with Bookcycle to help them give away free fruit trees and encourage home growing and cooking in Wigan.
Home-cooked school meals
Metrofresh is the council's catering service and they cook and serve fresh, local food in the borough's schools. They ensure children are getting healthy home-cooked meals and use lots of local regional produce.
See how Metrofresh prepare healthy meals for children: