Carbon Innovation Fund launched

By The Co-op Foundation - 29th November 2021

This fund supports food and farming projects that are tackling the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Co-op Foundation three-year, £3m Carbon Innovation Fund is in partnership with the Co-op. It’s funded through Co-op donations raised from the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK and Co-op Foundation funds.  

The Co-op Foundation 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 IVAR commitments to find out how they fund and work with 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.   

The outcome of your first stage application will be decided by 17 January 2022.     

Webinar alert 

Watch a recording of our webinar with Ella and Aruna from our Funding and Partnerships team where they shared more information and took questions about the Carbon Innovation Fund.

Get in touch with the organisers if you have any questions.  

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 opened on Monday 22 November. 

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