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.
NEW MODELS OF FARM SUCCESSION
Project Leader: Stir to Action
Partners: Shared Assets, Community Supported Agriculture Network UK & Ecological Land Cooperative
EXPANSION OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD FORESTS FOR CLIMATE AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
Project Leader: The Orchard Project
Partners: Shared Assets & Soil Association
BUILDING THE FOOD SOVREIGNTY MOVEMENT
Project Leader: Landworkers' Alliance
Partners: FLAME & African and Caribbean Heritage Food Network (ACHFN)
FRINGE FARMING: SCALING OUT AGROECOLOGY AT THE EDGES OF UK CITIES, YEAR 2
Project Leader: Sustain
Partners: Shared Assets, Landworkers' Alliance, Bristol Food Producers, Food Sense Wales, Glasgow Community Food Network & ShefFood
YOUTH PROJECT: LINKING THE CLIMATE AND NAUTURE CRISES WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF AGROECOLOGOCAL FARMING
Project Leader: Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS UK)
Partners: FLAME & National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs
MIGRANT WORKER SOLIDARITY
Project Leader: Landworkers' Alliance
Partners: Sustain, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, New Economics Foundation & Focus on Labour Exploitation
UPLIFTING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES
Project Leader: Farmerama Radio
Partners: LION & Landworkers' Alliance LGBTQIA+ Group
GROWING THE FIBRESHED MOVEMENT IN THE UK
Project Leader: British Textile Quarter
Partners: South West England Fibreshed, South East England Fibreshed & Landworkers' Alliance
SOIL IN THE CITY
Project Leader: Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Partners: Brighton Food Factory, Feedback Global & Brighton and Hove Affordable Food Hubs
REDUCING THE GLOBAL DEFORESTATION IMPACT OF ANIMAL FEEDS IN THE UK
Project Leader: Landworkers Alliance
Partners: Feedback Global, Sustain & Pasture Fed Livestock Association
THE BODY LAB
Project Leader: UK Grain Lab
Partners: The Sheffield Wheat Experiment & Farmerama Radio
Vandana Shiva at the launch of Farming the Future
What We Ask For
We want to support the needs and dreams of the Agroecology Movement. Each year, the fund is open to receive collaborative ideas for funding that you believe will move our ecosystem forwards and that of agroecology and food justice.
By 'collaboration', we mean three or more organisations or social enterprises working together in coordination, in order to achieve a common objective. Farming the Future requires one organisation to act as the lead contact, but we expect that the collaboration should have shared (and equal as realistically possible) responsibilities.
We require all applicants to show how the grant will be split amongst the collaborators.
Requirements for funding
A minimum of three organisations (charities, social enterprises (CIC, COOPs, etc), companies limited by guarantee, academic institutions). We cannot fund individuals, sole traders, or limited companies with shares.
One ‘lead contact’ is required to take on the responsibility of liaising with the Fund but a fair distribution of work between the organisations is preferred. Payments would be made to them and then we ask them to pass on the relevant amounts to collaborators.
The grant term is for 12 - 18 months.
We seek projects and core funding opportunities that give value to the wider Food and Farming Movement.
We will be looking for the following from the collaboration:
The team is committed to a clear goal.
The team demonstrates that they have a good understanding of how change can be achieved.
The team shows that they have done the work to really understand the dynamics of collaboration and ensure that the knowledge, skills, and experience of collaborators are used to the benefit of the team and each participant.
The team thinks about the bigger picture and how their work can support the wider movement.
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.
AGROECOLOGICAL MENTORING NETWORK - SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS
Project Leader: The Landworkers’ Alliance
Partners: Community Supported Agriculture Network UK & Ecological Land Cooperative
AN EVALUATION OF THE VALUE CREATED BY GROWING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
Project Leader: Growing Communities
Partners: Soil Association & New Economics Foundation
ENGLAND’S FIELDS (FARMING & INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL LOCAL DELIVERY SUPPORT)
Project Leader: Farmland Wildlife Advisory Group South West
Partners: Pasture For Life, Sustain & Real Farming Trust
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
Partners: LWA, PANUK, Sustainable Soils Alliance & Farming Working Party Of The Sustain Alliance
PESTICIDES: CATALYSING CIVIL SOCIETY TO REDUCE FARMING CHEMICALS
Project Leader: RSPB
Partners: Pesticide Action Network UK, Soil Association & Friends Of The Earth
PROTECTING UK PESTICIDE STANDARDS FROM POST-BREXIT TRADE DEALS
Project Leader: Pesticide Action Network UK
Partners: Sustain & Sussex University
SAVING COUNTY FARMS
Project Leader: Campaign For The Protection Of Rural England
Partners: New Economics Foundation & Shared Assets
SAVE OUR SEED: CULTIVATING RESILIENCE IN OUR FARMING SYSTEM – EUROPEAN EXCHANGES FOR INSPIRATION, COLLABORATION AND EMERGENCE
Project Leader: Gaia Foundation
Partners: Landworkers’ Alliance & UKGrain Lab
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
Lead Organisation: Beyond GM Project Partner: GM Freeze
SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE AND AGROECOLOGICAL FARMERS
Lead Organisation: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK Project Partners: Landworkers Alliance, Organic Growers Alliance, Gaia Foundation (Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme
LESS AND BETTER MEAT FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Lead Organisation: Eating Better Project Partners: Sustainable Food Trust, Sustain
SCALING UP COMMUNITY-OWNED LAND FOR AGROECOLOGY
Lead Organisation: Ecological Land Cooperative Project Partners: The Scottish Farmland Trust, Community Shares Scotland
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
Project Lead: Less (Lancaster District) CIC Project Partners: Permaculture Association, Community Supported Agriculture Network, Real Farming Trust
JUMPING FENCES: ADDRESSING THE BARRIERS TO AGROECOLOGICAL FARMING FOR BPOC IN BRITAIN
Project Lead: Land In Our Names (Lion) Project Partners: Ecological Land Cooperative, Landworkers Alliance
Project Lead: Land In Our Names (Lion) Project Partners: Landworkers Alliance, Farmerama
AGROECOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATION (ARC)
Project Lead: Landworkers Alliance Project Partners: Ecological Land Cooperative, Community Supported Agriculture Network, Organic Growers Alliance
PREVENTING TRADE DEALS FROM WEAKENING UK PESTICIDE STANDARDS
Project Lead: Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK Project Partners: Sustain, Dr Emily Lydgate, Sussex University
SHARING KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO WORK WITH NATURE TO REDUCE PESTICIDE USE
Project Lead: RSPB Project Partners: Soil Association, Nature Friendly Farming Network, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Cofarm Foundation
REFORMING RED TRACTOR TO DRIVE PESTICIDE REDUCTION
Project Lead: Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK Project Partners: Nature Friendly Farming Network, RSPB
MEASURING AND COMMUNICATING ON-FARM SUSTAINABILITY
Lead Organisation: Sustainable Food Trust Project Partners: Royal Agricultural University, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group Southwest (FWAG SW), Eating Better
INFLUENCING POLICY TO SUPPORT FARM WOODLAND AND AGROFORESTRY FROM THE GROUND-UP
Project Lead: Soil Association Project Partners: The Organic Research Centre, Landworkers Alliance (LWA), The Farm Woodland Forum
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
Project Lead: The Ubele Initiative Project Partners: Black Rootz, Organiclea, Land In Our Names
"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."