Our Carbon Innovation Fund launches on 22 November and here’s how you can get involved

Please note, applications for this round of funding are now closed. To find out more about our second round of funding, opening this February, join us for our webinar.

We’re launching a new fund on Monday 22 November to support food and farming projects that are tackling the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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

We 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 our Guidance Notes and check out our IVAR commitments to find out how we fund and work with our partners. 

What are we looking for? 

Our 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.   

We will let you know the outcome of your first stage application 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.

You can also hear more about this fund and other Foundation work by subscribing to our blog. 

Get in touch 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 will open on Monday 22 November. 

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