Food for Thought Education Fund 2022 - 2023

Food for Thought 2022The Food for Thought Education Fund gives financial support to develop Food and Health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality, skills based learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development.

Now in its ninth year, the Fund allows Local Authority Primary and Secondary Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings to apply for grants of up to £3000 to develop projects that support the aims of the Fund. (Note - ASN establishments in the independent sector are also eligible to apply). Establishments may apply individually or as part of a cluster of schools from their education authority.

What are we looking for this year?

Scottish Government's aspiration that Scotland is a Good Food Nation, means a country where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they buy, serve, and eat day by day. It also means that:

  • It is the norm for Scots to take a keen interest in their food, knowing what constitutes good food, valuing it and seeking it out whenever they can.
  • People who serve and sell food (including schools) are committed to serving and selling good food.
  • Everyone in Scotland has ready access to the healthy, nutritious food they need.
  • Dietary-related diseases are in decline, as is the environmental impact of our food consumption.
  • Scottish producers ensure that what they produce is increasingly healthy and environmentally sound.
  • Food companies are a thriving feature of the economy and places where people want to work.
  • Other countries look to Scotland to learn how to become a Good Food Nation.

This year, we are interested in bids which will to contribute to this vision by:

  • Ensuring learners have gained understanding about food education and can apply their knowledge and skills in a progressive way.
  • Relating projects to the world of work, to reducing food waste and to learning through farm visits.

Improving outcomes for learners in ways which seek to eliminate the inequity that currently exists amongst learners from different backgrounds and from particular vulnerable groups.


PDF file: Application guidance notes (673 KB)

Word file: Application form (52 KB)

How can I find out about previous Food for Thought Projects?

There are several case studies on the Food Summary Page .

Below are links to successful application forms from Phase 8.

Applications must be sent to however questions about the fund can be directed to

Related links

Food for Thought support resources
A summary of Food Education resources