he first phase of the sub-granting scheme of the addressed to young people and small civil society organizations has come to an end. Before going into details, few info on the project itself.

The Food Wave project – co-funded by the EU under the Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme (DEAR) and promoted by the Municipality of Milan together with ActionAid Italia, ACRA, Mani Tese and 25 project partners in 17 countries, including ALDA – aims at creating awareness on sustainable patterns of food consumption and production for climate change mitigation, activating young people and enabling them to influence institutional decisions.

Under the coordination of the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA, a sub-granting scheme was established with the aim to support grassroot initiatives and street actions in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviors. The grants focused on street actions that can produce specific results and that will stand as examples and inspiration for citizens, NGOs, and Local Authorities (LAs) on how to generate constructive and result-oriented activities.

Sub-granting scheme was established with the aim to support grassroot initiatives and street actions in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviors

More specifically, the grants targeted concrete actions such as getting to know local producers and local markets; following sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights; creating alternative local food systems. And again, the fight against food waste; more sustainable food education and the dissemination of knowledge sharing to the fight against climate change; equitable access to healthy and more sustainable and fair food.

The beneficiaries of this first round of the Food Wave sub-grant scheme were 21 youth organizations from 13 different countries, whose initiatives involved 25 territories and more than 6,000 young people. All sub grantees witnessed a positive balance of projects and active local and territorial involvement, especially of youth and their families, never experienced before!

However, this is not the end of the project, but it marked the beginning of the food wave sub granting scheme: the second call for proposals is about to be launched in 2022 and it will involve Local Authorities. Stay Tuned!


The 21 beneficiaries of the 2021 Food Wave Sub Granting scheme were:

  1. Bx -Jeunes ASBL (Belgium – 1080 Brussels – Molenbeek)
  2. JCI Brugge vzw (Belgium, Bruges)
  3. Reflektor Foundation (Bulgaria, Sofia)
  4. Mar de Tierras (Spain, Madrid Region)
  5. Stamtish ( FRANCE, Strasbourg and its area)
  6. Coordination of Sisak’s Youth Associations (Koordinacija udruga mladih Siska K.U.M.S.)  (Croatia, Sisak-Moslavina county, Town Sisak)
  7. Felelős Gasztrohős Alapítvány -Heroes of Responsible Dining Foundation (Hungary, Budapest)
  8. Recup – Associazione di Promozione Sociale (Italy, Milan)
  9. YOUth Connect (Italy, Turin (with international online activities))
  10. Associazione di Promozione Sociale Laboratorio di Quartiere Giambellino Lorenteggio (Italy, Milan)
  11. Associazione Italiana Giovani per l’UNESCO (Italy: Aosta (Aosta); Assisi (Perugia); Orvieto (Terni); Riva del Garda (Trento); Larino (Campobasso); Termoli (Campobasso)
  12. CHANGE FOR PLANET – YOUTH IN ACTION – APS (Italy, Milan and Florence)
  13. Stichting ‘n Wilde Keuze (Foundation A Wild Choice), (Netherlands)
  14. Stichting Slow Food Youth Network (Netherlands, Italy (Milan, Turin and Rome), UK (Edinburgh and Glasgow),The Netherlands (Almere, Utrecht), Belgium (Molenbeek))
  15. Polski Klub Ekologiczny Okręg Pomorski (Poland, Warsaw)
  16. Associação Juvenil Rota Jovem (Portugal, Cascais Lisbon)
  17. Rio Neiva – Associação de Defesa do Ambiente / Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO (Portugal, Esposende)
  19. Hello Youth (Sweden, Örkelljunga)
  20. Entrepreneurial educational youth cooperative society EPEKA, ULTD, social enterprise (Slovenia, Maribor)
  21. Komunikum, Inštitut za podatkovno povezovanje v medmrežju (Slovenia, Ljubljana)