Just Growth a new funding programme created by CCF, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and FEA launched on 13th July 2015.

The aim of the programme is to support social enterprises that are producing food in a environmentally and socially just way – hence Just Growth.

We’re 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” said Clare Horrell the project’s programme manager.

A key aim of the programme is also to encourage community ownership and the programme will be looking for organisations that are owned and run by their community or that have strong co-operative principles embedded in their structure.

Upto 8 projects will receive a funding package made up of loan financing from CCF and grant funding from Esmee Fairbairn. The remaining funding has to be raised by the project itself from its local community either through crowdfunding or community shares. The release of the loan and the grant is contingent on the projects raising the necessary community finance.

In addition to funding, the programme is also offering upto 3 days of mentoring support.

Further information about the project and how to apply can be found here