Become a member

Any city, borough, large town or county that has established a cross-sector food partnership taking a whole food system approach can join the Sustainable Food Places Network. The key is that you are willing to share your successes (and your failures!) and are interested in learning from others.

As well as being at the heart of a rapidly growing movement, all SFP Network members can benefit from privileged access to the expertise of their peers and attend our regional and national events. Network members can also benefit from the support of the Sustainable Food Places team, take part in our campaigns and apply for grants and an award as well as having full access to our online toolkits and resources.

Applying for SFP Network membership

To become a member, you must be able to evidence that you have the following in place:

  • An established cross-sector food partnership with clear terms of reference
  • Evidence that your partnership has met regularly for at least 6 months, including minutes of meetings
  • A named lead person who is willing to be contacted by other members
  • A Food System Overview
  • A Food Partnership Work Plan covering the next 6 months

Download the full SFP Network Membership Criteria

The SFP Toolkit will help you start the journey:

Open Toolkit

Next membership review dates

To apply for membership, please submit documents that evidence how you meet the criteria as laid out above. Please also complete and submit the following form along with your documents. 

SFP Membership Application Form

We hold application rounds each year. Membership applications should be submitted by email to ahead of the next review dates below: 

                                                  Thursday 23rd May 2024

We will let you know the outcome of your applications approximately two weeks after the deadline. 

For more information, contact