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Food case studies

Learn more about Climate Challenge Fund projects involving food through video features and downloadable case studies.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported 420 projects involving food. These projects aim to reduce carbon emissions associated with food by encouraging the growing and consumption of local food.  CCF projects also work to reduce food waste in their communities as well as encouraging composting of unavoidable food waste.

You can view video features and downloadable case studies of CCF projects involving food below.

South Seeds is a community-led organisation based in the south of Glasgow. They have been awarded multiple CCF grants for projects that include actively supporting residents to grow local food and reduce food waste.

Charlie's Plot was a project led by young people in Methilhill, Fife to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables, learn about climate change and to share that information with their community. Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative was awarded a Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) grant to support the young people carry out these activities.

Development of the Polycrub, a project run by Northmavine Community Development Company, Shetland. CCF grants enabled Northmavine Community Development Company to design and install of a network of ‘weather proof’ polytunnels - meeting community demand to grow local produce. Rebranded as ‘polycrubs’ these structures have since been used across Shetland, in the Western Isles and beyond.

Horshader Community Growing Project, run by Horshader Community Development, Western Isles. Horshader Community Development was awarded a CCF grant to work in partnership with Western Isles Council and run the Horshader Community Growing Project (HCGP). The project helped reduce local carbon emissions and meet both community and Local Authority objectives.

Shettleston Community Growing Project, run by Shettleston Housing Association, Glasgow. A resident-led initiative to grow food locally and improve diets, while raising awareness of food miles, food waste, recycling and energy consumption.

Black and Green, run by The Whitmuir Initiative at Lamancha in the Scottish Borders, received a CCF grant for an innovative pilot project to turn woody waste into a useful product that supports local community growing.