Growing Livelihoods’ Extends Funding For Future Food Growers

April 30, 2015

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The joint Growing Livelihoods initiative, between the Carnegie UK Trust, Plunkett Foundation and the Land Settlement Association Charitable Trust, is delighted that the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has offered a grant to extend the number of pilot groups from five to ten.

The application process is open until 4th June 2015.

Each pilot group will receive a grant of £6,500, access to specialist support and be part of a Growing Livelihoods Network by linking up with other groups trying to achieve similar aims.

Growing Livelihoods is working to create, test and promote new opportunities in smaller-scale food growing for those new to the sector, young people or those seeking a new direction. This initiative has a particular focus on the use of co-operation and innovation to help create viable livelihoods in this sector. Growing Livelihoods is currently supporting five pilot groups. Find out what they’re doing in our latest film.

Gina Wilson, Senior Project Officer at the Carnegie UK Trust, said:

“It’s fantastic news that our pilot programme is to double in size. The more innovators we bring together; the more we all learn. This grant builds on the significant investment already made by the Carnegie UK Trust and allows us to test more ideas. We’ll freely share information on what works and ‘open-source’ innovative and enterprising blueprints to help people across the UK create viable livelihoods.” 

Mike Perry, Head of Development and Policy at the Plunkett Foundation, said:

“We are delighted that such a respected organisation as the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has offered the Growing Livelihoods partnership a grant to extend our pilot programme. Through this work we aim to help support the development of co-operative approaches that assist smaller scale growers while at the same time helping to build a learning network.” 

Growing Livelihoods is a partnership project between the Plunkett Foundation, Carnegie UK Trust and the Land Settlement Association Charitable Trust. It builds on a connection stating in 1934 through the Land Settlement Associaiton, a pioneering scheme which enabled thousands of people to achieve livelihoods as food growers which they would not have been able to achieve alone.

To find out more visit the Growing Livelihoods project webpage here.