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Pooled
Grant Making

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.

Our Grantees

2019

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 LifeSustain & 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: LWAPANUKSustainable Soils Alliance & Farming Working Party Of The Sustain Alliance

 

PESTICIDES: CATALYSING CIVIL SOCIETY TO REDUCE FARMING CHEMICALS

​Project Leader: RSPB
Partners: Pesticide Action Network UKSoil 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-OperativeCommunity Supported Agriculture NetworkGrowing CommunitiesCampaign For The Protection Of Rural EnglandReal Farming Trust & Sustain

2020

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

 

CULTIVATING JUSTICE

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

 
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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:

 

  • Economics

    • Local economies, investment, soil capital, alternative routes to market, metrics.
       

  • Education, Skills and Capacity Building

    • new entrants, knowledge exchange, incubator farms.
       

  • Food Justice

    •  food poverty, food waste, race and gender equality, inclusivity.
       

  • Land

    • 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.

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"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."


- Vicki Hird, Sustain