The Pots of Possibility fund supports ideas for developing a zero-waste, circular and regenerative economy in North Lancashire. It is part of Closing Loops, a five-year £1.5 million project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to support initiatives to transform waste into a valuable resource and stimulate a thriving, regenerative local economy.

A regenerative economy is where local enterprises, organisations and people live and work in a way that protects and restores the environment, builds healthier communities and improves people’s wellbeing.

Read on to find out more about the projects funded to date.

Four Seasons Allotment

Provide community access to space to grow and share fruit and vegetables, create raised beds, and run children’s activities.

Wildlife Wellbeing Walks CIC & Marsh Community Centre

Empowering young and old at the Marsh Community Centre to eat sustainably and connect with nature for health and wellbeing.

Local Food for Local People

Research and trial supplying Eggcup and partner food clubs by purchasing local crops, gleaning, growing food, and creating pre-made meals.

Filbert’s Too

Provide free bread and baking to food clubs, offer cooking and baking classes, and use ingredients otherwise going to waste.

Community Ground Up Project

Reinstate a vegetable patch, bringing community members into the outdoors, helping mental health, and building community knowledge about growing food.

Global Village Cafe @ The Cornerstone

The Global Village Cafe @ The Cornerstone – a weekly lunch club for asylum seekers and a community cafe welcoming everyone.

Sustainable Award Trophies – The Bay Film Festival

Work with community groups to collect plastic bottle tops for recycling into trophies for the first Bay Film Festival awards.

Costume Sequels – The Dukes Theatre

Sort, catalogue and store 300 items of costume belonging to the Dukes Theatre, making them available for free hire and use by community organisations and schools.

A Taste of Home – Global Link

Offer weekly food growing, preservation and cooking/recipe creation sessions for asylum seekers and refugees. Food growing will take place at Claver Hill, with the other sessions at the Global Link kitchen in Lancaster. At the end of the project, publish a recipe book showcasing the cuisine of their home countries created with locally sourced and grown ingredients.

 Craft Club – Escape2Make

Provide fortnightly free of charge craft and textiles workshops for 11-18 year olds. The workshops will involve sourcing and working with reused and sustainable materials, upcycling and mending clothing, and kitting/crocheting clothing for newborns, fiddle muffs for dementia patients, and hats and scarves for homeless people.

Reconnect, Reuse and Repurpose – EMUES UK CIC

Deliver practical community education sessions at Ridge Community Centre, teaching people how to repair, reuse and upcycle materials, particularly textiles, which would have otherwise gone to landfill. Through these workshops, encourage intergenerational working and improve community cohesion.

Growing Veg & People – West End Impact

Create a vegetable garden on derelict land in the West End of Morecambe. Build moveable raised planters, seats and benches. Provide planting and growing time every week, basic horticultural and nutrition education, and community events.

 Skerton Grow to Share – Skerton Community Association

Deliver a twenty-week young people-led gardening and growing project, clearing a piece of land owned by the community centre. The project will include clearing the ground for planting, working with the community to determine and implement the planting scheme, and the eventual picking of fruit and vegetables for use in the centre’s food access programme.

Plastic Bottle Top Project – Relic Plastic

Personally involve community members in a new initiative to transform a waste stream into valuable resources. Hold sorting parties where people learn about plastic types, waste and recycling into new products, at the Relic Plastic workshops and in schools, libraries and businesses. Place collection points in community locations.

Community Led Circular Economy – Gregson Community Association

Run Lancaster Give and Take Days at the Gregson Community Centre, where community members can bring items they don’t want and exchange them with others free of charge, keeping items in circulation and reducing waste. The project will purchase equipment and signage, recruit volunteers, and provide marketing support.

Re-create – Good Things Collective

Develop a means of monitoring creation of waste and evaluating circular use of resources in creative projects. Commission three creative projects which aim to close loops during their creation. Use the experience of these projects to share new creative assets and resources demonstrating how creative projects can contribute to a regenerative economy.

Where the Wildings Are – LESS CIC

Create rewilding projects on school grounds. Introduce food-growing spaces for school and community use, using the produce for school and community meals, promoting schools as outdoor horticulture hubs.

Creative West End

Mentoring and learning support for creative network members, helping them close loops in their work. Networking sessions, workshops and 1-1 advice dedicated to circular production and regenerative economy.


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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