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Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) launches "Just Growth" funding programme

Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) is a collaboration of funders, social entrepreneurs, social investors, investment and business development advisers, and food and farming experts. 

Just Growth is their new funding programme designed to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects.The aim of the programme is to support social enterprises that are producing food in a environmentally and socially just way – hence Just Growth.

FEA is working in partnership with Community and Co-operative Finance (CCF) and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to deliver this project.

They are looking for projects that farm in a way that nurtures and protects the environment, helps people take control of their food and enables more people to eat better food.

  • A start up community based farming project with a strong plan
  • An existing community farming project that is looking to expand
  • An existing community farming project that wants to develop a new aspect to its business
  • Other food/farming projects that can show that their work is strengthening the community farming sector
Key aspects of the funding package:
  • The minimum loan amount is £15k.
  • The minimum grant amount is £15k
  • A minimum of £15k will need to be raised from the community.
  • The grant element of the package is capped at £20k, but the loan and community finance element can exceed £20k.

In addition to the funding package, successful projects will receive upto 3 days of specialist advice to support their work.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 30th September 2015

Find out more at http://www.feanetwork.org/our-projects/just-growth

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