An award-winning Burntisland project will no longer exist as a funded organisation from next year after becoming so successful.
The Fife Diet, which has become known as one of Europe’s largest food projects, is going to run without funding from Spring 2015, when its current round of backing from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge fund is exhausted.
The Climate Challenge Fund provides cash for community groups to run schemes that reduce carbon emissions.
Mike Small, Fife Diet founder, told The Press A Food for the Future event and AGM is taking place in the Corn Exchange in Cupar next month to allow members to discuss what form the project should take in the future.
In an announcement on the project’s website, Mr Small said: “After 2015 Fife Diet will cease to exist as a funded, centrally staffed organisation. And we think that’s no bad thing.
“Grassroots movements with real resilience need to have a life of their own and not just be grant dependent. Now, with our mass membership and with key legacy ideas streaming out of the project it’s time to go out on our own.”
Speaking to the Press yesterday (Wednesday) he said: “We are looking at ways to carry on our work without grant funding. Over the next 14 months the project is looking at how to expand its activities and deepen it’s resilience by developing new revenue streams to continue its work. We think the future movement needs to be wider. There is lots more to be done but we need more than a small project to do that.
“The food system needs to change and there is only a certain amount our project can deliver.
“This is why we are holding the Food for the Future event on February 15 so we can work with our membership to create legacy ideas to ensure the project survives after funding stops.
“Our ongoing projects will include our community gardens spaces in Burntisland and in Kirkcaldy, a brand new Fife-wide food co-op to be announced at the Food for the Future gathering, a nationwide orchard project and a major report on the impact of the project in terms of health and well being and benefits to the local economy. We’ll also be launching our updated food manifesto in Spring of this year.”
He added: “We have been going for seven years and we will be producing a report on the impact we have had.”