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Food Hygiene & Healthy Eating Grants

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 21 Feb 2020 | comments*Discuss
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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) runs a UK grants scheme to encourage healthy eating and food hygiene. The scheme began in 2003 for food hygiene only, then expanded to encompass healthy eating in 2005.

The grants scheme is part of the FSA’s promotion of the safe use of food in people’s homes. FSA also works with schools to promote food hygiene and healthy eating, and gives support to local attempts to improve food safety.

Each year, FSA looks for food hygiene and healthy eating initiatives that pursue certain themes. In the past these themes have included joint working at a local level to spread the FSA message about salt and saturated fat; and ways to encourage older people to pay more attention to food hygiene issues.

In general, FSA is keen on projects that raise awareness of what everyone must do to:

  • Ensure food safety
  • Eat in a healthier way so as to reduce the incidence of diet-related diseases


Grant applications must come from food liaison groups, trading standards regional groups and local authorities, or the equivalent bodies according to the region of the country.

Community and voluntary bodies can become involved with food hygiene and healthy eating projects. But such bodies cannot submit project proposals. These must come from the groups mentioned above.

Project Criteria

The grants available are up to £10,000. There is no minimum amount.

The projects must relate to food hygiene or healthy eating. They do not have to cover both. Projects must also be local rather than regional or national.

Applications need to address certain criteria. The FSA grant assessment panel will use such criteria to help make its decision.

Applicants should study the criteria carefully. They fall under a number of headings such as the following:

  • Who is the target audience for the project and why?
  • What is the purpose of the project, and why?
  • How will FSA know that the project has reached its aims?
  • How many people, households or organisations will the project affect?
  • What is the timetable for the project?
  • Are there any partners involved such as local community groups, and if so what do they bring to the project?
  • What makes the project unique and is it sustainable?

Successful Food Hygiene Projects

Successful projects have improved hygiene awareness by using testing kits, DVDs and teaching packs in schools. They have also promoted food hygiene qualifications, and issued information and set up training for young adults living in deprived areas.

Other projects have improved the understanding of carers and parents about the FSA’s four Cs. These are cooling, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination.

Projects have also targeted food businesses. One successful applicant made a brief film about food hygiene with voice-overs in a range of ethnic minority languages as well as English.

Successful Healthy Eating Projects

Successful healthy eating projects have included courses that teach cooking skills; competitions in schools to create healthy menus; and interactive plays for young children that spread a healthy eating message.

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Hi, I am looking to start a cooking after school club, however due to the area we are in we are unable to charge for this. Our school is in a deficit therefore there isn’t any budget to buy the equipment and resources needed. Is this something that might be considered for a grant? Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you
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Victor Samalumo - 10-Nov-19 @ 2:33 PM
Please we are a couple in Zambia and looking for some funds to amounting to $3000 to enable us start a business with my wife.We are all HIV positive and currently on medication.We hope your organization have capacity to help us these funds or whatever amount the organization can afford to contribute towards our request.
Victor Samalumo - 10-Nov-19 @ 2:26 PM
I am the chair of a PTA at a small rural primary school. At the moment school dinners are cooked off site and brought to school. We would like to refurbish the school kitchen so that school lunches can be cooked on site and the kitchen will also be used for teaching cooking skills. Is this something which it is worth applying for a grant for?
Kate B - 14-May-19 @ 5:56 PM
To whom this may concern. I am interested in opening a business to help increase health aswell as to reduce obesity and illnesses of all ages from all different backgrounds. My target is to help and involve hospital patients, old people’s homes, schools, Colleges, University’s, fitness fanatics and anyone wanting to improve on there health aswell as the homeless. I would really appreciate if someone could get in contact with me in regards to how I could apply. Manny thanks
Gr8fuly blessed - 10-Jul-18 @ 10:57 PM
The Larder - Your Question:
We are a local food-bank that does the obvious but also helps supply food with a number of other community groups over the school holidays to children who might otherwise be missing out while schools are off for holidays. We work in concert with the local community association hand have started out own community garden to help people connect food origins to what ends up (hopefully) on their plates.I was wondering if there was any funding available that will help us run the food-bank and stock it with fresh veg etc. we have hosted a number of nights showcasing how to maintain a healthy diet on low incomes.Paul

Our Response:
Try local businesses for help and also:
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Innocent Foundation
Postcode Local Trust
GrantsExpert - 25-Jun-18 @ 12:45 PM
We are a local food-bank that does the obvious but also helps supply food with a number of other community groups over the school holidays to children who might otherwise be missing out while schools are off for holidays. We work in concert with the local community association hand have started out own community garden to help people connect food origins to what ends up (hopefully) on their plates. I was wondering if there was any funding available that will help us run the food-bank and stock it with fresh veg etc. we have hosted a number of nights showcasing how to maintain a healthy diet on low incomes. Paul
The Larder - 22-Jun-18 @ 1:06 PM
I am looking into starting up my own business runningfree from style cafe/sandwich bar concentrating mainly on gluten/wheat free foods. Is there any funding that would be able to help me with this idea as i would also look into giving other businesses some sort of training in this area as there is a huge lack of knowledge about coeliac disease and gluten/wheat free diets as i found out a couple of days ago with someone claiming they did gluten free foods when she had absolutely no idea what she was doing so somewhere that could provide training and practical demonstrations would be great in my town as there is a massive market for it.
EB1980 - 26-Aug-16 @ 8:56 PM
@Timi. Sorry we do not have any details of grants for nutritional education. This is often covered by education and governmental bodies such as the NHS change for life scheme
GrantsExpert - 12-Feb-15 @ 1:58 PM
We need to find out , how to apply for the grant to run our nutrition, health and well being of local people to manage their diet, budget and provide healthy food for family. Nutrition classes.
Timi - 9-Feb-15 @ 9:39 PM
My name is maguy I am an administrator at the powerhouse organisation, which is an organisation originally set up by women with learning disabilities as a refuge from domestic violence back in 1985. Later in 1995 Powerhouse was born as a registered charity. Powerhouse is a women’s only charity run for and by women with learning disabilities. We empower members to lead full and independent lives by providing a safe space for our members to learn and share experiences. The women are of any age group and any ethnicity background. Powerhouse project “Power to Women” seeks sponsorship for its 4 projects, healthy living, life skills, advocacy and creative arts. However we want to apply for the grant to support our healthy living, which conclude Conducting workshops on educating learning disabilities to overcome obese, diabetic, and other poor health condition through various health programmes, healthy cooking sessions, sponsored walk. for example december 2013,we had a sport activity which is a basketball tournament at the newham leisure centre, which was funded by the basketball england team. However The sessions that are held to educate the members on their civic and human rights give them knowledge to feel secured and be benefited by the laws they are governed by. For example Women with learning disability suffer from poor health outcomes and greater rates if diabetes and obesity. Exercise can combat theses issues. This includes badminton, Zumba classes, relaxation, meditation exercises and healthy cooking workshop and further activities. For any reply or to know your view on the project please contact us at the info@thepowerhouse.org.uk, or call the administration office at 0207 366 6338
megblue - 13-Jan-14 @ 4:01 PM
Food Hygiene & Healthy Eating Grants the information above relates to June 2010 could you please advise me about current funding available and deadlines as I would like to develop and involve a group of Homeless Young People living in Felixstowe, Suffolk in a Food Hygiene & Healthy Eating programme. Many thanks
none - 20-Jun-11 @ 1:39 PM
Kidsmatta are wanting to apply for a grant to promote healthy eating to children and young people who attend their newly established youth group. the children are aged between 7-14 years, they come from all different backgrounds and some are overweight. a grant for this project would help healthier eating and diet but also possible wieht loss and therefore healthier children which also tackles the governments issues of obesity in children.
brenda - 17-May-11 @ 3:21 PM
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