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Exploring Collaboration

Apply for funds up to £8k to support early stage collaborations. Funding can be used to create space and time within your collaboration to develop collaboration skills, strengthen relationships and develop ideas for collaborative projects. 

Our goal is that this fund will support organisations wanting to work together to be in a place at the end of the funding where they are ready to apply for project funding, whether with Farming the Future or other funders.

Application Deadline is 29th March 2024

Eligibility

At least one of the collaboration members must be a current or former FTF grantee or named partner on a FTF funded project

Collaborations must include at least 2 groups/organisations 

Collaboration members must be based in and working in the UK 

The objective of project is for public benefit and partners involvement should not give rise to more than incidental personal benefit

Please read ALL the information on this page to assess if your project is a good fit.

We have budget to fund 6 collaborations under this strand.

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How to Apply

Please download both the Guidance and Criteria document along with the application form.

To submit send the application form to info@farmingthefuture.uk

FAQs

What Qualifies as Agroecological?

Agroecology is an approach to food systems that centres on multiple principles, from soil health, resource management, input reduction and diversification, to biodiversity, diets, participation and fairness (among others).

   

Rather than tweaking the practices of unsustainable farming systems, agroecology seeks to fully transform the food and agricultural system, addressing the root causes of problems in an integrated way and providing holistic and long-term solutions.  

 

This includes an explicit focus on the social and economic connections within food systems, as well as environmental, including a focus on the rights of women, youth and marginalised peoples within these systems. Agroecology promotes the co-creation and democratic ownership of knowledge, combining science with the traditional, practical and local knowledge of producers and communities. 

Read more about each agroecological principle.

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What do you mean by a Just Transition?

All of the above 13 principles of an agroecological transition are important and necessary to achieve a transition to agroecology.  Achieving a 'just' transition however requires a  focus on the social equity elements of the Securing Social Equity section highlighted in the blue on the above diagram. Additional information on each of these elements is provided below. 

Secure Social Equity/Responsibility refers to the assurance of fairness and accountability in addressing a broad spectrum of social and ethical concerns within societies. It encompasses issues like income distribution, human rights, gender equality, social protection, and cultural preservation. It involves the responsibility of individuals, corporations, and collectives to protect the environment, promote human well-being, and enhance animal welfare. Achieving secure social equity/responsibility requires diverse and context-specific approaches.

 

Co-creation of knowledge: Enhance co-creation and horizontal sharing of knowledge including local and scientific innovation, especially through farmer-to-farmer exchange. 

Social values and diets: Build food systems based on the culture, identity, tradition, social and gender equity of local communities that provide healthy, diversified, seasonally and culturally appropriate diets. 

Fairness: Support dignified and robust livelihoods for all actors engaged in food systems, especially small-scale food producers, based on fair trade, fair employment and fair treatment of intellectual property rights. 

Connectivity: Ensure proximity and confidence between producers and consumers through promotion of fair and short distribution networks and by re-embedding food systems into local economies. 

Land and natural resource governance: Strengthen institutional arrangements to improve, including the recognition and support of family farmers, smallholders and peasant food producers as sustainable managers of natural and genetic resources. 

Participation: Encourage social organisation and greater participation in decision-making by food producers and consumers to support decentralised governance and local adaptive management of agricultural and food systems. 

What is Open Collective?

From 2024 Farming the Future will have its pooled fund fiscally hosted by the Social Change Nest. As part of their grant management support we will be able to offer all funded partners the opportunity to use Open Collective, a financial management tool that gives you a shared account to manage collective budgets. Groups will have the choice about whether they want to use Open Collective and we will give more information and details during our on boarding calls with successful groups.

How do we know if we were a named partner on a funded FTF project?

If your organisation or group was included on a successful FTF funded project proposal and you took part in the project delivery, you qualify as a named partner. We hope to have already included all named partners on our invitation email but if you feel you have been missed please get in touch at info@farmingthefuture.uk as we may have had an old email address or your invitation may have gone to a junk folder.

What do you mean by 'incidental personal benefit'?

Incidental means that (having regard both to its nature and to its amount) the personal benefit is a necessary result or by-product of carrying out the charitable or public benefit purposes. So it's fine to pay people for their hard work but no one should be Elon Musk profiteering from the work (we should be so lucky!)

What do you mean by 'public benefit'?

The purpose must benefit the public or a sufficient section of the public and there is no presumption to that effect. Where benefit is to a section of the public, the opportunity to benefit must not be unreasonably restricted by geographical or other restrictions or by ability to pay any fees charged.

We want to reach out to a new sector but it's not listed on the application form, can we still apply?

Yes! The sectors listed on the application form are just examples as we'd love to hear from you about what kinds of connections you think will make the movement stronger.

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