The Foundation of the Fund’s work is to foster a culture of collaboration and efficiency through pooled grant making. The goal is to strengthen the ecosystem of the food and farming movement.
The philosophy of the fund is engrained in the Grant-pool’s development. We respond to our current climate, with the objective to instil systemic resilience and fortify the movement.
Each year, our network convenes in mid-Spring to discuss the year ahead and its opportunities and challenges. Throughout the Summer, applicants can connect and form new collaborative ideas using our online forum. Collaborative proposals are submitted at the end of Summer and successful applicants are granted in Autumn.
AGROECOLOGICAL MENTORING NETWORK - SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS
ENGLAND’S FIELDS (FARMING & INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL LOCAL DELIVERY SUPPORT)
HARMONISED FRAMEWORK FOR MEASURING AND VALUING ON-FARM SUSTAINABILITY
Project Leader: Sustainable Food Trust & Co.
MAKING VOICES HEARD: ENSURING THAT ‘FARMING THE FUTURE’ CONCERNS ARE EMBEDDED IN IMMINENT POLICY, LEGISLATION AND FUTURE FARM FUNDING
Project Leader: Sustain
PESTICIDES: CATALYSING CIVIL SOCIETY TO REDUCE FARMING CHEMICALS
PROTECTING UK PESTICIDE STANDARDS FROM POST-BREXIT TRADE DEALS
SAVING COUNTY FARMS
SAVE OUR SEED: CULTIVATING RESILIENCE IN OUR FARMING SYSTEM – EUROPEAN EXCHANGES FOR INSPIRATION, COLLABORATION AND EMERGENCE
WORKING GROUP ON INTEGRATION OF AGROECOLOGY INTO THE WORK STREAMS OF AGRICULTURE AND LAND-USE PLANNING MINISTRIES IN ENGLAND, WALES AND SCOTLAND
Project Leader: Landworkers Alliance
Partners: Ecological Land Co-Operative, Community Supported Agriculture Network, Growing Communities, Campaign For The Protection Of Rural England, Real Farming Trust & Sustain
SAFEGUARDING AGROECOLOGY: RESPONDING TO THE RISK OF GENETIC MODIFICATION
SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE AND AGROECOLOGICAL FARMERS
LESS AND BETTER MEAT FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES
SCALING UP COMMUNITY-OWNED LAND FOR AGROECOLOGY
A NATIONAL NETWORK OF AGROFORESTRY FARMS
Lead Organisation: The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Project Partners: The Organic Research Centre, The Woodland Trust, The National Trust, The Agricology Project, The Woodmeadow Trust, The Farm Woodland Forum
BUILDING THE NORTHERN REAL FARMING NETWORK
JUMPING FENCES: ADDRESSING THE BARRIERS TO AGROECOLOGICAL FARMING FOR BPOC IN BRITAIN
AGROECOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATION (ARC)
PREVENTING TRADE DEALS FROM WEAKENING UK PESTICIDE STANDARDS
SHARING KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO WORK WITH NATURE TO REDUCE PESTICIDE USE
REFORMING RED TRACTOR TO DRIVE PESTICIDE REDUCTION
MEASURING AND COMMUNICATING ON-FARM SUSTAINABILITY
INFLUENCING POLICY TO SUPPORT FARM WOODLAND AND AGROFORESTRY FROM THE GROUND-UP
FRINGE FARMING: INCREASING ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND FOR PERI-URBAN FARMING
Project Lead: Sustain Project Partners*: Shared Assets, Landworkers Alliance, Sheffood, Bristol Food Producers (With Support From Bristol Food Network), Glasgow Community Food Network, Campaign To Protect Rural England
ROOTZ INTO FOOD GROWING
Vandana Shiva at the launch of Farming the Future
What We Ask For
We require applicants to submit collaborative proposals that not only support the specific work of each organisation but also clearly state how the wider food and farming movement will benefit.
Proposals are submitted under at least one of the following five themes:
Local economies, investment, soil capital, alternative routes to market, metrics.
Education, Skills and Capacity Building
new entrants, knowledge exchange, incubator farms.
food poverty, food waste, race and gender equality, inclusivity.
Community ownership, ownership transparency, access to land.
Policy and Deregulation
post-Brexit policy - National and International, UK policy home and abroad, trade deals, GM, lowering standards, food-related health policy, food-related education policy.
How to Get Involved
In order to maintain a harmonious balance of like-minded organisations (whom all share a common goal), the Grant-pool is by invitation only. However, we do appreciate that not everyone is in our networks. If you believe you can support our work whilst we support yours, feel free to email us.
"The support from the Farming the Future programme for our policy advocacy work has enabled us to directly support the ambitions and positive outcomes of our partners, such as achieving changes to government draft law and policy measures in support of agroecology. The programme has also ensured that a core set of joint activities, by our alliance members and others, can go ahead - so bringing a coherent, powerful programme of lobby, research, networking, campaign and engagement work to bear on farm policy. The profile of, and potential for, an agroecological farming future are now higher for the, UK though more is needed."