Carbon Innovation Fund

This £3.5m fund is our largest ever partnership with the Co-op

We’re working with the Co-op to tackle greenhouse gas emissions through our £3.5m Carbon Innovation Fund (CIF).  

Our funding is split into three rounds: 

  • £1.4m of grants delivered in June 2022 to help 15 partners tackle carbon emissions in food and farming. Read more about the partners we’ve funded around the globe. 
  • Over £1m of grants delivered in the second round of funding in July 2023, to help seven UK-based partners reduce reliance on soy-based animal or fish feed and/or synthetic fertilisers. Find out more about round two partners here.
  • Round three of the Carbon Innovation Fund will award grants of £50,000 to £150,000 to initiatives which work to protect peatlands. It is currently closed for applications and we’ll be announcing partners later this year.

CIF is funded through Co-op donations from the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK, as well as our own funds. Working with partners and other funders is just one way that our funding has more impact, and more reach. 

Grants are helping us create more sustainable communities imagined by young people for our ‘Building communities of the future together’ strategy. We’re also working with learning partners to understand the impact of our work to date.  

Subscribe to our blog for updates from our CIF partners or email Aruna, our Funding & Partnerships Manager, for more information on how we work with match funders.