Added to your enthusiasm, time, creativity and energy, a grant could make all the difference. Grant applications should be for activities which promote a vegetarian diet to the wider community.
Following on from the success of our grants programme in 2016, we awarded even more grants in 2017 – 102 in total! There were a great mixture of large and small grants, organised by various individuals and organisations across the UK.
Below are a few examples of some of the fantastic events.
Urban Community Chef
Northern Ireland has, like many parts of the UK in recent years, become home to a new wave of refugees and asylum seekers from around the world. And as Mark Humphries at Community Interest Company Urban Community Chef found, all have their own unique – and delicious – veggie recipes to share. In fact, he says they can teach Brits a thing or two about healthy (and cheap) cooking from scratch!
Mark recruited six recent arrivals from Georgia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Somalia to create a mouth-watering menu of free veggie food in the Mornington Community Centre in Belfast on 18 May, in celebration of National Vegetarian Week. Nearly 90 locals joined in the feasting, enjoying Georgian traditional khachapuri cheese bread, onion bhajis, freshly made falafels, lentil dhal with coconut cream, Moroccan chickpea tajine and baklavas.
Shropshire Enterprise Partnership
Since 1244, the town of Wellington, Shropshire, has offered an enviable variety of produce in its bustling market place. But in eight centuries of tradition, it had never staged a vegetarian market – until National Vegetarian Week 2017!
The Veggie and Vegan Fest aimed to boost the town’s foodie credentials and increase footfall in the centre – while also giving everyone the opportunity to sample some tasty veggie delights. Sadly, it was rather thwarted by torrential downpours, which affected the expected high turnout. But even that couldn’t dampen the street party atmosphere, which included food tastings, a tombola stall, a human carrot and pepper statue for fun selfies, and free veggie recipes and vegan starter kits to take away.
Age Connects Torfaen
A series of vegetarian lunch clubs for older people proved so successful for a Welsh charity that it is now providing a vegetarian option on its menu every day.
Age Connects Torfaen, which provides services and advice to the over 50s, completely changed its bistro menu for National Vegetarian Week. Dozens of locals happily replaced their usual meals with cheese and potato pies, veggie burgers and Spanish omelettes, with puddings including apple crumble and fruit salad. They were also treated to cookery demonstrations to learn how to create the dishes themselves at home. Many were tasting vegetarian food for the first time, according to organiser Emma Wootten, the charity’s development co-ordinator.