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Just Growth is a 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.

We are working with 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 key aim of the programme is to encourage community ownership and the organisations that we are working with are owned and run by their community or have strong co-operative principles embedded in their structure.

How it works

The funding package is made up of one third loan financing from CCF and one third grant funding from Esmee Fairbairn. The remaining third of the funding has to be raised by the project itself from its local community through vehicles such as 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 the funding package, successful projects receive upto 3 days of specialist advice to support their work.

The remaining projects will receive 1.5 days of expert support to help them develop their plans to bring them closer to being ready for investment.

Just Growth projects

40 projects applied for the Just Growth programme. From these, the following projects were selected.

Each of the projects has received three days specialist mentoring support to help them towards the loan assessment and community fundraising.

Find out the latest news on how these projects are doing here

In addition, the following projects are receiving specialist support to help them in their onward development:



Read about some of the experiences from the projects in the Just Growth programme:

  1. Learning from the Field: the joys and sorrows of setting up a community food enterprise


Please note that the application period for Just Growth has now closed.

What else are we doing?

As part of our networking and development work, we have convened two working groups that are looking at how to improve land access and funding for agro-ecological enterprises. We are currently looking at a variety of different ideas around developing a fund for enlightened agriculture that will support the purchase of land and working capital to increase the land under agro-ecological management.

We are very interested to hear from any landowners or social investors who would like to be involved in this work. Get in touch with us info@feanetwork.org. And watch this space for further details or sign up to our newsletter

Watch this space for further updates and news on the programme.




Just Growth is a programme run in partnership by:

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