Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - FARM-Africa

JANE TINGLE, TRUST FUNDRAISING MANAGER, FARM-AFRICA

Why did you apply to this foundation? In 2004, FARM-Africa started working with a US-based consultant to help us explore fundraising opportunities in the US. The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seemed relevant because it prioritises initiatives that improve access to the availability of food in developing countries. The Manyara Farmers' Research Project aims to increase productivity and ensure food security for small-scale farmers in Tanzania by training farmers to improve fruit, vegetable and staple crop production.

What did the application process involve? The first stage of the process was to submit a concept paper and budget. The next stage was a full proposal covering the organisation and project in greater detail.

Could the application have been simpler? No. The two stages ensured that only projects with a chance of getting funding progress to full proposal stage.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Conservation, Food and Health prefers to fund direct costs, so it is only funding training for the farmers in the field.

Did you apply to other funders? We received a total of £28,500 from three UK trusts.

Why we gave the grant

PRENTICE ZINN, PROGRAMME OFFICER, CONSERVATION, FOOD AND HEALTH FOUNDATION

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation helps organisations develop tools and strategies that build local capacity to feed thousands of people.

FARM-Africa's Manyara Farmers' Research Project was particularly appealing because local farmers as researchers serve as the central change agents in the community. Most importantly, the programme is developing local, member-based project-governing structures and pays close attention to the market forces that can support farmers and strengthen the local economy and food system.

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