After successfully awarding nearly £85,000 of grant funding to 18 organisations in 2023, the Pots of Possibility launched the second round of Community Pots grants in March 2024.

The £300,000 Pots of Possibility fund provides grants to help organisations start projects that protect and restore the environment, build healthier communities and improve people’s well-being. Projects need to fit into one of the following themes:

  • Reusing, re-purposing and repairing materials currently going to waste (e.g. textiles, electronics, packaging, surplus food, etc)
  • Sharing resources (e.g. tools, materials, skills, etc) or re-purposing unused space for community benefit 
  • Inspiring people to use and buy things more sustainably and to produce less waste
  • Growing, cooking and eating food that’s local, seasonal and sustainably produced

Organisations from across Lancaster District responded to these themes by submitting an inspiring range of project applications, from food growing and reducing waste to community building and well-being. Unlike the larger Your Pots grants, which are awarded following a public vote, these smaller Community Pots grants are decided by a panel made up of people representing different groups across our region. 

This year’s panel had some particularly challenging decisions to make, as there were many well-deserving applications but only a limited amount of funding to award this time around.

After some deliberation, the panel have awarded the 2024 Community Pots grants to:

  1. Ambleside Road Allotment Association: ‘Can We Fix It? – Yes, We Can!’ (£3,550)
  2. Citizens Advice North Lancashire: ‘Strengthening the Lancaster Food Network through Data’ (£4,109)
  3. Deliberate: ‘Community Conversations’ (£5,000)
  4. Lancashire Youth Challenge: ‘Time to Breathe – Planting & Growing Programme’ (£3,990)
  5. Lancaster Music Festival CIC: Lancaster Music Festival Banner Recycling’ (£1,500)
  6. Morecambe Community Riso Press: ‘Cuisine Zines’ (£2,164)
  7. The Marsh Community Centre: ‘The Marsh Community Centre Club’ (£3,550)

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Closing Loops is a five-year £1.5 million project led by the FoodFutures partnership, and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, it will support community-led action and local initiatives to transform waste into a valuable resource, aiming to stimulate a zero-waste, circular and regenerative local economy. As part of this, £300,000 in small grants will be available through the Pots of Possibility Fund.

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