Do you have a food or farming project that needs a funding boost to start or scale up? Would you like the opportunity not only to raise the funds you need but also to gain experience of crowdfunding, access expert business advice, and grow the crowd of supporters around your project? If so, ‘The A Team Challenge’ could be just for you!

The Challenge is being launched by The A Team Foundation, Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) and Buzzbnk, with the aim of providing projects an opportunity to gain a good understanding of the principles of crowdfunding, and valuable experience in its practice. They have £30,000 in grant/repayable finance (£2,500 to £10,000) available to support up to 10 projects as a matchfunding scheme using crowdfunding.

They are inviting applications for projects in the following categories:

  • Horticulture, especially organic horticulture, and those variants that are classed as biodynamic, or are within the broad category of permaculture, and especially when practised within city boundaries or on the edge of cities, which is grown primarily for the benefit of local communities, to create employment for young people or to support jobs for vulnerable people.
  • Organic, or biodynamic farming practice (this does not need to be certified, but applicants will need to demonstrate that they are practising organic or biodynamic principles).
  • Small-scale mixed farming (again organic in principle though not needing to be certified as such, and geared to serving local communities) in which crops (both arable and horticultural) and livestock are integrated synergistically; for example in which animals feed primarily or exclusively on land or surpluses that would otherwise be wasted, and in turn help to cultivate the land and maintain its fertility.
  • Enterprises involved in the marketing and distribution of food that provide an outlet for local food production including small-scale farmers and growers.

The deadline for applications is 24th November 2013. Visit http://ateamchallenge.buzzbnk.org for more information, or email ateamchallenge@buzzbnk.org with any questions.

Photograph by Susy Moris

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