Open now: Carbon Innovation Fund from the Co-op Foundation

Apply for the Co-op Foundation new Carbon Innovation Fund until Friday 10th December

Our colleagues at the Co-op Foundation launched a new fund on Monday 22 November to support food and farming projects that are tackling the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This three-year, £3m Carbon Innovation Fund is a partnership between the Foundation and the Co-op. The funding has been donated by the Co-op through the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK, with the remainder coming from the Foundation own funds.

They plan to award funding of between £75k and £100k to about 10 projects in year one. Eligible organisations will include charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and local, regional and national governments worldwide.

The fund launch is the latest in a number of green initiatives that the Co-op Foundation has funded, including Heeley Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, Co-operative Alternatives and Cynnal Cymru (Sustain Wales).

Read more in the Guidance Notes and check out the Foundation’s IVAR commitments to find out how they fund and work with their partners.

What are they looking for? 

The Carbon Innovation Fund will support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and could be related to one of the following:

  • Farming and food production practices
  • Initiatives around regenerative agriculture/agro-ecology
  • Community supported agriculture initiatives
  • Supporting diversity, resilience and learning amongst key players in the food & farming sector
  • Behaviour change (among consumers or producers)

First stage applications will open on 22 November and close at 12pm (midday) on Friday 10 December.

You will be informed of the outcome of your first stage application by 17 January 2022.

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How to apply  

If this fund sounds like it’s a good fit for your organisation, find out more about how to apply here.  Applications are open until the 10th December