Apply now for a Community Pots grant of up to £5,000 to help regenerate North Lancashire’s environment and build healthy, thriving communities across our district

The Pots of Possibility fund

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.

There are two types of Pots of Possibility grants available each year until 2026:

Community Pots:

  • Up to £5,000
  • Decided by a grant panel
  • 2024 round now open 

Your Pots:

  • £5,000–£10,000
  • Organisations pitch idea at a public event; the audience votes
  • Next round summer 2024

For both types of grant, we’re looking for ideas that fit into any of the following themes:

  • Reusing, repurposing and repairing materials currently going to waste (e.g. textiles, electronics, packaging, surplus food, etc)
  • Sharing resources (e.g. tools, materials, skills, etc) or repurposing 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

The 2024 round of Community Pots is now open.

Closing date for applications: 30 April 

What is a regenerative economy?

The Closing Loops project aims to create a regenerative economy in North Lancashire. A regenerative economy is a network of local people, organisations and businesses who live and work in a way that protects and restores the environment, builds healthier communities and improves people’s wellbeing.

A regenerative economy is made up of different regenerative enterprises. These could be community initiatives or groups, charities, social entrepreneurs and other types of not-for-profit business. Some examples might include:

  • A market garden that grows and distributes seasonal, organic veg locally and trains new growers who want to produce local food
  • A village stall for swapping surplus veg, plants and seeds
  • A small business that makes use of a material currently going to waste (food, textiles, plastic, etc)
  • Workshops to learn about refurbishing, fixing and repairing
  • Using an empty building for a pop-up repair cafe

Have a good idea but not sure it fits? Want to check if your group is eligible? Or just want to find out more? Why not come along to one of our support drop-ins:

  • Tues 26 March 13.30 – 15.30: Morecambe Library, Central Dr, Morecambe LA4 5DL
  • Weds 27 March 10.00 – 12.00: The Sustainability Hub, Marketgate, Lancaster LA1 1JF
  • Tues 9 April 10:00 – 12.00: Brief Encounter Bistro, Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Rd, Carnforth LA5 9TR

The Closing Loops team will be on hand to answer your questions and offer support with the application process. If you’re new to writing funding applications and need a little help, Lancaster District CVS are offering free online training.

To stay in the loop and get updates about the Pots of Possibility fund, sign up to the FoodFutures mailing list here. 

What is participatory budgeting?

What if communities could decide together where money is spent to build fairer, more regenerative local economies?

Find out more about how participatory budgeting works and how it will be implemented in North Lancashire in this article by Jez Hall from Shared Future. The article was published in the summer 2023 edition of THRIVE, North Lancashire’s community food magazine.

Read more in THRIVE

The spring 2023 edition of North Lancashire's community food magazine is all about regenerative enterprise.

THRIVE magazine title page

Learn more about regenerative enterprise and REconomy through some great local stories and ideas and inspiration from around the world.

Read the magazine free online and find out where you can pick up a copy.

ABOUT CLOSING LOOPS

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.

National Lottery Community Fund and Pots of Possibility logos

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