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18-19 Total grants awarded: £225,000
19-20 Total grants awarded: £138,870
20-21 Total grants awarded: £111,943.30
21-22 Total grants awarded: £114,430.35
22-23 Total grants awarded: £107,719.85
23-24 Est. grants awarded:  £120,000



PARTNERSHIPS

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Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

[5 year pledge]

Movement Building & Best Practice: pledge to spend min.

£70,000pa for five years on Climate

Years: 21-22 / 22-23 / 23-24 / 24-25 / 25-26

www.impatience.earth

Impatience Earth, closely linked with Ten Years Time, 'helps donors respond to the urgency of climate change'. Whilst we are not actively working with either organisation, we liked their idea of asking foundations to commit to combatting the climate crisis by pledging a certain amount to the cause each year. To this end, KF pledged £70,000pa (very likely more than our natural income) for a 5-year period, with a view to increasing this figure as our knowledge and partner base grows. Hopefully this will help create momentum and encourage other foundations to do the same.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Farming the Future

Food Systems & Climate: high impact fund focussing on a range of projects

Years: 21-22 / 22-23 / 23-24 

www.farmingthefuture.uk

Farming the Future is a collaborative fund initiated by four leading environmental funders (at the time of our first involvement) who were each focussing on food systems and realised that they could give more efficiently by pooling resources and working together. The fund aims to transform the industrial food system with a view to encouraging greater social and environmental justice. The fund has an excellent steering group and assessment process - in order to be successful applicants must work collaboratively.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Ulster Wildlife

Carbon & biodiversity: Peatland mapping project

 

Years: 21-22 / 22-23 / 23-24

www.ulsterwildlife.org

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site. We have been so happy to see the impact this has had in only the first couple of years, with the mapping having saved huge amounts of time and money - and benefitted not only Ulster Wildlife but other organisations whose interests intersect. 

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Choose Earth

Climate Justice: Initiative supporting environmental defenders

Years: 20-21 / 22-23 / 23-24

https://www.chooseearth.co


KF entered a partnership with the Roddick Foundation and Choose Love, which also hosted all the funds for the Kayapo Summit in January 2019 (an earlier KF grant).

The Roddick Foundation, Culture Hack Labs and Choose Love are working together with partners in Brazil; Fundo Casa, Mídia Ninja, and Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (APIB) as well as 12 key indigenous leaders including Ailton Krenak, Sonia Guajajara and Dario Kopenawa - to create a step-change in international support for indigenous communities and the vital natural worlds they protect. 

This fund will secure direct financial support for leaders and activists on the front-line at this time of acute stress in Brazil. Highly grantee-led, the fund is the result of conversations and collaboration between funders and Brazilian partners, including leading grass-roots organisations and respected visionary leaders from indigenous communities.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Papua Partners

Climate Justice: urgent response supporting Indigenous Papuans and their ancestral lands

Years: 23-24

https://www.papuapartners.org/

One-off grant providing urgent funding to help support Indigenous Papuans as they respond to the ongoing campaign of violence and persecution that is currently being levied against them. This long-standing conflict has escalated significantly in recent months, which is having devastating consequences for the rights and lives of Indigenous Papuans, and for their ancestral lands, which are rich in biodiversity and rely on indigenous stewardship for protection. As well as supporting partners on the ground, PP are also looking to raise vital awareness about this ongoing conflict in the hopes of securing an urgent intervention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Medact

Climate Justice: Campaign for Health Professionals 

Years: 23-24

https://www.medact.org/

The economic crisis combined with environmental collapse is wrecking public health. In the 10 years up to COVID-19, UK health outcomes stagnated. Low-paid work, poor housing and extreme weather mean more deaths every year, and at the time of writing the WHO predicts that the climate crisis will result in 250,000 excess deaths per year by 2030 if current trends continue. Meanwhile, the current government’s response to the cost of living crisis has been to green-light new oil and gas projects in the North Sea.

Health For a Green New deal brings the power of the health community to bear on shifting public opinion in favour of a just transition. It does this through narrative setting, including supporting health workers to speak to media about why environmental collapse is disastrous for health.

Our health system and the people in it are vital to driving that change. This campaign brings people working in the health sector to act, harnessing the public trust and expertise health workers hold through their responsibilities in order to change the public narrative on climate change and health, including through media and research.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Environmental Funders Network

Climate Strategy: learning, funding opportunities and networking

 

Years: 21-22 / 22-23 / 23-24

www.greenfunders.org

This represents our annual membership fee to EFN who provide a fantastic range of learning, funding and networking opportunities. We have made invaluable connections with other funders through EFN events, which have allowed us as a foundation to amplify our impact whilst simultaneously increasing our understanding of the Climate landscape. It's been great seeing the organisation evolve over the years; the team are passionate and motivating and we really value their contribution to Climate philanthropy.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Project Seagrass

Carbon & Biodiversity: seagrass research and conservation

Years: 21-22

www.projectseagrass.org

 

KF identified seagrass as another underfunded but hugely valuable tool in combatting the climate crisis. As well as capturing carbon up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests and absorbing 10% of the ocean's carbon each year, it is also vital to marine biodiversity. 

We were extremely impressed with Project Seagrass's ambitions and made a core grant accordingly. Dr Richard Unsworth lectures at Swansea University and leads the Seagrass Ecosystem Research group. We felt that his years of global, collaborative research adds huge value to the project.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Possible

Climate Action and Human Behaviour: campaigns and community action

 

Years: 21-22

www.wearepossible.org

 

We really liked Possible's approach to combining individual and local actions with larger systemic change and made a core grant towards their work. They motivate people to take more ambitious action on climate change by focussing on five key areas; cleaning up energy (achieving zero carbon power and zero carbon homes), changing how we travel (swapping cars for public transport and active travel, planes for trains - and electrifying everything), changing what we eat and buy (switching to plant rich diets, ending waste), working with nature (restoring nature to lock up carbon and protect us from climate impact) and talking about the climate crisis (breaking the climate silence, and empowering everyone to understand the crisis we face).

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Global Greengrants

Climate Justice and Environmental Defenders: supporting

global grassroots initiatives

Years: 20-21 / 21-22

www.greengrants.org

Global Greengrants take a really interesting approach to  protecting the planet and the rights of people by supporting grassroots-led efforts via a diverse community of people on the frontlines. As a relatively early grant for KF in the climate space, this seemed a good starting point and opportunity to learn from a more established organisation. We also liked how well they recognised the relationship between human rights and climate. Our target action areas were Climate Justice and Women's Environmental Action and Youth Movements.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Climate Ed

Youth & Climate: schools pilot programme with a focus on measuring participants' carbon footprints

Years: 20-21

www.climateed.net

There's a huga gap in climate education, despite the key role students play (and will continue to play) in combatting the climate crisis.

Showing a solid strategy and understanding of the system in which they're working, Climate Ed aims to not only educate students but empower them to take action.

We liked that particular thought was given to eco-anxiety and the need for students to be given agency to do something about a problem they are effectively inheriting.

The focus of the pilot is not on effecting wider policy change but rather creating a quickly scalable educational model that can produce an immediate impact. It is early days in this space and we're really excited to see it evolve.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Citizens Uk

Climate & Just Transition:  rapid response project aiming to amplify the voices of ex-Heathrow workers and create more green jobs

Years: 20-21

www.citizensuk.org

Restricted grant towards emergency response project headed up by Citizens UK.  Heathrow is the biggest single site employer in the UK - 114,000 people. Since the pandemic, it has been closed down, putting thousands of people out of work. As furlough comes to an end, many of these people want jobs whilst at the same time, London needs a massive retrofit program to become carbon neutral by 2030, for which thousands of people need to be trained and employed. A key moment for ex-Heathrow workers to create political pressure for jobs is the London mayoral election on 6 May 2021. The goal is to register 10,000 Heathrow workers and their families to join the Citizens Mayoral Assembly on 28 April 2021 and publicly call for 60,000 new green jobs from the candidates

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Open Kitchen

Food Systems & Climate: reducing food wastage

Years: 20-21

https://www.openkitchenmcr.co.uk/food-waste

We were initially reviewing Open Kitchen as part of our Covid response however discussions unexpectedly led us towards a climate grant. Corin at OK has bold ambitions to help intercept edible veg that would otherwise not be harvested, taking advice and inspiration from Feedback's Gleaning Network. That food could then be sold (at reduced rate) to local authorities and other organisations with a social aim. The hope is that by supporting larger UK farmers, supermarkets etc won't move to buying abroad, which in turn would have a negative carbon and economic impact.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Funder Commitment

on Climate Change

Movement Building & Best practice:

committing to a range of climate and reporting duties

Years: 20-21+

​​https://fundercommitmentclimatechange.org

A small number of founder organisations came together to create this concept which asks funders to commit to a number of steps towards incorporating the climate crisis into their work. Not all of these funders necessarily have the environment as a grantmaking focus but all recognise the need to 'climtise' their thinking. The Kreitman Foundation wholeheartedly endorses this process. 

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Bates Wells Coalition

Movement Building & Best practice:

seeking to change the law to enable and encourage 

ethical investment and bring clarity to trustee investment duties

Years: 20-21 / 21-22 / 22-23

https://bateswells.co.uk/recordings/webinar-how-does-the-butler-sloss-judgment-on-trustee-investment-powers-and-investment-harms-impact-your-charity/

The focus of this coalition is to encourage debate surrounding whether charities' investments ought to align with their objects. We believe this is a worthwhile discussion and have put our name to it. Subscribing to this movement was free.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Cost of Growth

Human Behaviour: Documentary aiming to shift narrative

 

Years: 23-24

Economic transformation and decolonization have increasingly gained a lot of momentum within the climate movement, shifting the debate from growth-dependent policies to deeper systems-change, connecting the theme of economic insecurity with the climate crisis. KF provided a one-off grant for the initial mapping out of a documentary, working title 'Cost of Growth’, which will have a global perspective and European focus, co-created by a team of thinkers from economic justice, decolonization and feminist movements. The goal is to broaden the conversation from the climate crisis to the price we all pay for this economic system. Science is increasingly pointing towards post-growth and degrowth policies but what’s missing are accessible stories that turn a vague sense of distrust into deep economic understanding. The documentary will help people to critically look at our growth-obsessed and fossil fuel-based economy, sharing a vision of an alternative future that is centred around abundance, security and freedom, rather than scarcity, crisis and growth-dependency. 

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Bio-leadership Project

Human Systems & Behaviour: changing human systems to be more resilient and regenerative

 

Years: 23-24

www.bio-leadership.org

The Bio Leadership Project is supporting a new ecosystem of leaders and organisations that centre regenerative practices that work within, rather than in tension with, nature. Through their global fellowship programme and learning community, the ultimate mission is to change human systems to be more resilient and in service to a thriving, healthy planet. 

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

She Changes Climate

Climate Equality: Campaign for stronger female COP representation

Years: 21-22 / 22-23 / 23-24

https://www.shechangesclimate.org

KF recognises that there is an acute lack of female leadership in decision-making spaces on climate action, despite the fact that women around the world are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis and have the experience and tools to address it. The trustees are therefore pleased to support She Changes Climate, led by a fantastic team which campaigns to ensure equal representation in climate leadership on a global scale. SHE Changes Climate has seen great success advocating for female leadership both at COP and via its own pre-COP summit. 

The Trustees were thrilled to see SHE secure a large grant from a large foundation during the year 23-24.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

University of York

Climate Messaging: a book telling the stories of imprisoned climate activists 

Years: 23-24

https://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/our-staff/academic/peter-gardner/

The goal of this project is to write a public-facing book that tells the stories of activists who have been imprisoned for protesting inaction on climate change. A core aim of this project is to elevate the voices of those calling for climate justice with a view to helping to change minds among the public, transforming them from oversimplified spectres and spectacles to ordinary humans who care deeply for the planet.

By increasing public awareness of climate activism and placing the actions taken in the context of the climate and ecological emergency, the book will hopefully help transform the conversation toward effective governmental action on the issue. The trustees also felt this would serve as an important record for the future.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Murmur

Climate Messaging: Influencing Public Behaviour 

Years: 23-24

https://www.murmur.earth/

Murmur's mission is to unite the visual arts and music industries in addressing the climate crisis with the highest possible ambition. An active regranter, its work is threefold: supporting Arts organisations to decarbonise; empowering artists' to speak confidently about taking action on climate; and financing transformative climate projects. 

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Synchronicity Earth

Climate Justice & Conservation: Freshwater Fund 

Years: 22-23 / 23-24 / 24-25

www.synchronicityearth.org

Recent workshops highlighted to the KF team how critical (and relatively underfunded) freshwater systems are. We really liked Syncronicity Earth's concept of a pooled fund which would have multi-thematic, long term, capacity support and multi-funder angles. At the time of entering our 3-year grant, the project only has 2 other funders and 12 partners in 6 programme regions; a strong focus on the Global South, indigenous communities, women in climate and empowering people. We see value-add in funding freshwater via a pooled fund which can provide extra support beyond just money. Our hope is also to help attract other funders to get involved. The fund also provides a way of safely and efficiently funding areas of the world which are harder to monitor and arguably the most affected by the climate crisis.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Global Witness

Climate Justice: core grant towards campaigns

 

Years: 21-22 / 22-23

www.globalwitness.org/en/

This was a core grant towards Global Witness, matched by the Big Give. Global Witness seeks to defend human rights and protect the planet by stopping companies putting profit first. They shine a spotlight on illegal industry and report on the killings of those defending their land from forced seizure by corporations and governments alike. They track and expose the path of corruption, pushing for global change.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Nature Friendly Farming Network

Food Systems & Climate: uniting farmers to grow the 

sustainable farming movement

Years: 21-22

https://www.nffn.org.uk

Over 70% of the UK is farmland and its management is key to a sustainable future. NFFN encourages natural and environmentally friendly methods of tackling the biodiversity and climate crises. 

This grant was matched by the Big Give / RSPB and will help NFFN to bring on board more farmers and organisations to be part of the solution and influence farming practice.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Paradigm

Climate Justice: shareholder action

to encourage Shell to reduce emissions

 

Years: 21-22

www.follow-this.org

In May 2022 Paradigm and Follow This seek to pass a shareholder resolution at the Shell AGM that would force Shell to reduce their emissions by 45% by 2030. KF funded campaigning efforts to mobilise 40,000 people to become green shareholders in Shell and back the resolution. The Paradigm platform is innovative in that it seeks to gain the greatest number of shareholders, rather than largest amount of stock. It coordinates closely with Share Action, XR and Just Stop Oil and fits well within the shareholder action space. Even in the event the May resolution is not successful, the goal of the platform will remain impactful for future resolutions. 

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Sum of Us

Climate Justice: campaign to protect the Amazon

 

Years: 21-22

www.sumofus.org

This was a small grant to Sum Of Us's emergency response campaign to counter Brazil’s President who has always wanted to open the forest for mining and is now using pandemic chaos as cover to finally turn over thousands of acres of sacred Indigenous land and protected rainforest to mining companies. Although we rarely engage in this area of funding, the trustees were impressed with the campaign platform and reach and felt this was a good opportunity to protect the future of the Amazon.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Mock Cop

Youth & Climate: core grant towards 2020 Mock Cop event

Years: 20-21

www.mockcop.org

The KF Trustees identified youth movements as a key strategic route towards combatting the climate crisis. This is a well organised  event, with excellent post-event exposure to key COP26 players, including the British PM. KF felt this was a relatively small project with massive potential. The Trustees were especially impressed by the emphasis on ensuring that students from countries with less exposure at COP26 had more exposure at Mock COP.

Between the 19th November and 1st December 2020 Mock COP sought to fill the void of the postponed COP26 with a big, inclusive online Mock COP. The event was run by young climate activists and aimed to get between 3 and 5 delegates from as many countries as possible, with a focus on the Global South. The two-week event was comprised of empowering and informative keynotes and panels by global names and youth activists, followed by high-level opening statements by the youth delegates and facilitated workshops and regional caucuses. The discussions were framed around five conference themes: climate justice; education; health and mental health; green jobs; carbon reduction targets. The event culminated in a powerful conference statement to world leaders from the youth of the world, raising ambition for COP26.

KF's funding, whilst core, went towards subsequently supporting and mentoring delegates to engage their domestic politicians in the year to COP26.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Ecological Land Cooperative

Impact Investment: direct impact investment with a focus on sustainable farming

Years: 20-21

https://www.ethex.org.uk/elc---social-performance_1888.html

The KF's first direct impact investment, the Ecological Land Cooperative provides ecologically managed, off grid, low impact small farms ready for new farmers to produce good, healthy food for local markets. Sustainably managed small farms provide low-impact livelihoods, regenerate marginal land and produce good food for local communities, increasing resilience and improving the soil, ecology and biodiversity for future generations. ELC is supporting 9 new entrants to farming to make a success of their farm businesses. Investment is in Community Shares which are targeting 3% interest, so for the KF this is a direct impact investment.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Divest Invest

Finance & Climate and Best practice:

KF took the decision to divest from fossil fuel investments

Years: 20-21+

www.divestinvest.org

The fossil fuel divestment movement encourages moving investments away from fossil fuel companies on the basis charities (of all institutions) should not invest in companies that perpetuate issues they're trying to address with their grant making. Whilst divestment may have little financial impact on those companies, it nevertheless raises awareness and hopefully prompts fossil fuel companies to make greater efforts to focus on renewable energy. It may also help give politicians a basis for action, not to mention redistribute wealth on a global scale. The funds divested will be reinvested in climate-positive initiatives.  

Subscribing to this movement was free.

Culture

ULSTER WILDLIFE

We isolated peatland as one of the planet's critical carbon sinks and stores, as well as being of great importance to biodiversity. We also saw a huge gap in funding in Northern Ireland, despite 18% of NI land cover being peatland and 12% being blanket bog, raised bog and fen, representing over 8% of the total UK peatland resource. The first step in working towards restoring or preserving this land is in mapping it. To this end we have funded the equipment and training required to carry out a detailed site assessment with a view to drawing up partnership management plans with landowners for each site.

Kayapó Tribal Summit

Human Rights, Climate Justice & Environmental Defenders:

supporting a summit of Amazonian tribal leaders 

Years: 19-20

https://helprefugees.org

 

The KF made a grant via fiscal hosts, Help Refugees, to help the Kayapó tribe of the Brazilian Amazon to stage the largest meeting of its leaders in over a decade. Following the worst-on-record Amazonian fires and Brazil’s election of a hostile rightwing government, the Kayapó face unprecedented threats as a people and as custodians of 10m hectares of pristine rainforest. The need to agree a coordinated action plan to push back against encroaching loggers, miners and politicians was urgent. This summit brings together 450 senior figures from 80 villages, including 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Chief Raoni. Funds will facilitate a complex logistical operation, ensuring a population spread across remote rainforest can speak and act as one.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p081w7mw

CRISIS RESPONSES / SPECIAL INTERESTS PROVISION

International Women's Media Foundation - Crisis Response / Human Rights Year: 23-24 One-off grant in response to the Israel-Gaza conflict

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERS - Crisis Response / Human Rights Year: 23-24 One-off grant to Médecins Sans Frontières in response to the Israel-Gaza conflict

SURVIVORS OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE - Special Interests Provision Years: 23-24 Core, one-off grant

PANCREATIC SOCIETY OF GB - Special Interests Provision Years: 23-24 Core, one-off grant

FRIMLEY HEALTH TRUST - Special Interests Provision Years: 23-24 Core, one-off grant

HET ACTIEFONDS - Crisis Response / Human Rights Year: 22-23 This one-off grant was made to Het Actiefonds to support a pre-existing partner involved in the international rescue of people at risk of persecution by their country's regime.

DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE - Climate Justice / Crisis Response Year: 22-23 Two grants; The first we saw as a climate justice issue, though of course there is a strong crisis response element. This one-off grant was made via The Big Give and our funding was matched. Entire communities have been swept away and the government of Pakistan estimates that a third of the country – an area the size of the UK – is underwater. At the time of writing at least 1,100 people have died, around 30 million are affected and more than a million homes have been destroyed or badly damaged, leaving many homeless and exposed to the elements. People need food, clean drinking water and shelter. Schools, roads, crops and livelihoods are gone and conditions are expected to worsen as the rains continue. DEC charities are already on the ground providing life-saving aid either directly or through local partners but need more funds to scale up their operations, particularly with conditions expected to worsen as the rains continue. DEC members are coordinating closely with the local authorities and UN agencies to deliver humanitarian assistance in ways that best address the needs of those affected and complement the government-led response in Pakistan. The second grant was towards the Turkey-Syria earthquake appeal and funding was also matched. A series of devastating earthquakes have hit southern Turkey (now known as Türkiye) and north-west Syria killing over 11,000 people and injuring many more. The first deadly earthquake struck while people were inside their homes, asleep in their beds, with no warning signs. Thousands of buildings, including hospitals and schools, have collapsed and infrastructure has been badly damaged. Local responders are desperately searching through the rubble for survivors. People have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions and desperately need blankets, emergency shelter, food and clean water.

LGBT Hero - Special Interests Provision Year: 22-23 This was a small grant to LGBT Hero is a well organised growing organisation which provides a combination of support and advocacy for the most vulnerable in the queer community.

KALEIDOSCOPE - Special Interests Provision Year: 22-23 / 23-24 This was a small grant to Kaleidoscope which seeks to uphold the human rights of people at risk of persecution, chiefly in Commonwealth countries where people are suffering as a result of British laws that have long since been abolished in the UK.

UKRAINE CRISIS - Variety of responses to the Ukraine crisis Years: 21-22 Classification: Emergency Human Rights Response Description: KF made a number of immediate emergency grants in the opening phase of the Ukraine crisis. This consisted largely of sourcing humanitarian supplies and partnering with trusted Polish and Ukrainian contacts on the ground delivering aid as far as Kyiv. We were proud to see one partner making it onto various news channels in the ambulance we co-funded (CNN clip available on request!).  Belief in this strategy was supported (and has been further reinforced) by ongoing briefings with a range of organisations. These include some of the major INGOs operating in Ukraine as well as orgs with pre-existing Ukrainian partners, who are sharing findings on the ground in order to coordinate and respond efficiently.  KF’s funding style (largely relational) meant that the team felt adept at safely making effective grants in an environment where partners were unused or unable to follow more traditional application processes. At the time of writing grassroots initiatives have been making the most difference and are increasingly coordinated. The areas of need (many longer-term) are becoming clearer - as is the role of larger orgs - and KF will continue to engage accordingly.

GIVE OUT - Response to unfolding crisis in Afghanistan Years: 21-22 Classification: Emergency Human Rights Response Description: This was an emergency grant to Give Out and Rainbow Railroad in response to the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. The trustees came across these organisations in their earlier LGBTI+ work and know them to be reputable, effective and well-respected. LGBTQ+ Afghans will face extreme persecution and grave human rights violations, including torture and execution. Taliban judges have already vowed to sentence gay men to death by stoning or by being crushed by a wall. The response incluldes work to: - Triage requests for help and offer advice to those at risk in Afghanistan. They have already received hundreds of requests for help and expect to receive more - Further develop their networks in the country and identify ways for LGBTQ+ Afghans to escape - Advocate for Western governments to step up and support LGBTQ+ Afghan refugees, including them in resettlement schemes

ALZHEIMERS RESEARCH UK - Special Interests Provision Years: 21-22 Core, one-off grant

HEARTS AND MINDS - Covid Crisis Response Years: 20-21 Part of our Covid response, this is the UK’s only peer led charity and service for young people aged 14-25 experiencing mental health difficulties, unique in being a national community run entirely by young people with lived experience, for young people with lived experience, not attached to or led by statutory services, clinicians or larger mental health or youth organisations. 

ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST - Covid Crisis Response Years: 20-21 The short term impact of Covid had a couple of angles. Young LGBTQ+ people who were previously couch surfing or staying with older relatives were forced either to move back to a hostile environment or onto the streets. As well as providing emergency accommodation, AKT also sought to provide virtual support as well as a means of accessing that support (phones, credit etc) in addition to requests for funds for food, supplies and other vital needs via telephone or online. AKT has service staff operating in London, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bristol and Manchester with demand greatest in London.  

COVID-19 FUNDERS - Covid Crisis Response Years: 20-21 Movement Building & Best Practice We became signatories of a funder statement organised by London Funders (though by no means exclusive to London funders) to say that we recognise that the Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and that we want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time. The statement shows that we are committed to: 1.) Maintaining grants and adapting activities in recognition of the fact some of the outputs or outcomes agreed for existing grants may be hard to achieve; 2.) Discussing dates – especially re reporting deadlines; 3.) Financial flexibility – acknowledging funding may need to be moved between budget headings to ensure work can continue; and 4.) Listening – we are here if they want to talk to us about the situation they’re facing.

JUST LIKE US - LGBTI+ Rights & Young People Years: 19-20 / 20-21 / 21-22 / 22-23 Just Like Us empowers LGBTI+ young people through a fantastic role model programme and their national initiative, School Diversity Week. Over the years we have been blown away by the amount of pro-LGBTI+ student participation and strength this must have brought LGBTI+ students. The Kreitman Foundation contributed towards JLU’s core costs. In June 2020 the Foundation extended this to a 3 year grant to better aid planning.

LIFTING LIMITS - Gender Norms through the UK curriculum Years: 18-19 / 20-21 / 21-22 ​Our research identified gender norms as lying at the core of many of the challenges LGBTI+ children and young people face. Lifting Limits is a young organisation addressing these issues by targeting the UK curriculum, with ambitions to achieve change at a national level. We believe the impact of this will be huge not only for LGBTI+ children and young people but  also for the broader children’s rights movement. Further down the line this would benefit society as a whole. The Kreitman Foundation provided core funding during this pilot phase.​ In June 2020 the Foundation made another one-off grant to help LL pivot in response to Covid and progress its mission.

Please note the above excludes grants made by previous boards.
Full details of these can be found on the Charity Commission website

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