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 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.
"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."