Round Two of our £3.5m Carbon Innovation Fund opens today 

Update 3 March 2023: This Fund has now closed. Sign up to our blog to find out first when new funding is available

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Round two of the our £3.5m Carbon Innovation Fund (CIF) partnership with Co-op opens for applications today. 

Grants of £75,000 to £200,000 are available to organisations working to reduce reliance on soy-based animal or fish feed and/or synthetic fertilisers and delivering on our strategy priority of more sustainable, future communities. 

Visit our Carbon Innovation Fund webpage to find out more about who’s eligible and how to apply. 

Let’s build communities of the future together. 

Partnership working 

We’re the Co-op’s charity and we’re co-operating for a fairer world.  

We believe co‑operation is at the heart of strong communities and this makes us a different kind of funder. 

The Carbon Innovation Fund is the largest partnership of its kind between ourselves and Co-op. It is funded by Co-op donations from the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK, as well as our own funds.    

Today’s fund launch follows on from £1.4m of grant-giving in round one that saw us support organisations working to decrease carbon emissions from the food, farming and aquaculture industries. 

Our new partners will be an important part of how we deliver on Co-op’s vision and our new strategy, ‘Building communities of the future together’.   

Apply today 

We expect to make between five and 10 grants from this round of funding for UK organisations decreasing greenhouse gas emissions through reducing reliance on soy-based animal or fish feed and/or synthetic fertilisers. 

Co-op suppliers are also welcome to apply for this funding and we’ve ringfenced £100k for a supplier applicant.   

Our CEO, Nick Crofts, said: 

“The Carbon Innovation Fund is our largest ever partnership with Co-op and it truly embodies our shared commitment of co-operating for a fairer world. This second round of funding will help build more sustainable communities by reducing the environmental impact of the soy industry and synthetic fertilisers. We want to work closely with our partners, listen and learn and I’d encourage all those eligible for this funding to apply today.” 

Adele Balmforth, Director of Propositions at Co-op, said:  

“Collaboration is key to unlocking the carbon reductions that are needed to protect our planet, which is why the Carbon Innovation Fund is so integral in our ambitious pathway to Net Zero. The second round of investment calls for innovations to deliver a sustainable food and farming industry for the future, with areas of focus that directly impact our supply chains- something that will not only support Co-op but the wider food industry.” 

Visit our fund webpage. Alternatively, sign up to our blog below to hear first when new funding is announced. 

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