Permaculture Australia’s Permafund team sends a huge thankyou to all of the people and organisations who donate to Permafund and fundraise to support its small grants program.
Because of this generosity and fundraising, the Permafund 2023 Grant Round was launched in November 2022 offering grants of AU $2,000.
A large number of applications were received from community organisations in Australia and overseas,
The Permafund assessment team is pleased to announce that grants have been awarded to these nine applicants to support their projects. The successful applicants are:
Anam Cara House, Colac- Australia
Using permaculture design a system of raised wicking garden beds will be constructed in the hospice grounds for healthy food production. Garden maintenance will provide a community activity and social experience for people with a chronic life limiting illness The fresh food produced will supply the hospice kitchen.
Aranya Agricultural Alternatives – India
Supporting indigenous seed varieties through Permaculture practices in Patha Sngapur tribal village, the project will promote and reintroduce indigenous seed varieties, seed saving, culinary traditions, seed sovereignty and seed freedom. It will also promote soil health through composting and Biochar.
Earthcare Permaculture- Ghana
This project in Adzokoe-Peki, Ghana, involves planting 500 coconut and citrus trees and installing a rainwater collection system for treecare and other community use. The project will help reduce soil erosion, provide food for the community and provide an income source for the youth who will be involved in the tree planting.
Farming & Health Organisation (FHE) – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
A Permaculture Design Course will be conducted by Farming and Health Education, in Kakuma refugee camp. Permaculture knowledge gained through the course will help to restore the environment and improve refugees’ nutrition and food security. The goal is to build the capacity and strengthen the development of the community in the camp.
Kajulu Hills Ecovillages – Kenya
Kajulu Hills Ecovillage residents intend to work with 20 grandmothers in the local district to establish intensive vegetable gardens, watered by a clay pot system. This project has become urgent as the effects of climate change are being greatly felt as crops are not receiving adequate rainfall and food shortage is already being felt by many. This project will benefit approximately 100 individuals from the households of the women and be a demonstration for the community.
Promotion of clay pots for grandmothers and physically challenged gardeners
Kitgum Permaculture Practitioners Assoc. – Uganda
Permaculture training for the deaf community will be provided by a specialist deaf teacher in Kitgum, Uganda. The project will benefit the community by sharing knowledge of permaculture and regenerative farming methods. Planting fruit trees and kitchen gardens will improve food security & economic independence in the deaf community by selling the surplus produced.
Mkulima Sasa Regenerative Agriculture (MSRA) – Kenya
The project in Siyaya, Kenya will train 50 people in Syntropic Agroforestry and assist the establishment of demonstration farms at two public schools and within the local area. Community members, school staff and pupils will all be involved in the project.
Rafiki Community Organisation- Kenya
Rafiki aims to empower and educate urban slum communities in Viwandani, Nairobi about urban farming techniques to boost food production and adapt to climate change. Rafiki’s urban farm, which demonstrates a simple and cheap way of farming in the slums, will be expanded to increase the supply of organic and affordable indigenous crops to the Viwandani residents. Rafiki will train community members in simple urban farming methods to increase yields from their small kitchen or home gardens and show how to utilise small vacant spaces in the area.
Union of Women for Rural and Community Development (UFEDERCO) – Democratic Republic Congo
Malnutrition in children is the main concern in the Uvira Rd. area of South Kivu in Democratic Republic Congo, so UFEDERCO’s project is to establish 6 school gardens within their community. The gardens will help to feed the school children and at the same time will be used to collect seeds to be distributed locally. Farmers from associations, schools and community groups will be selected by UFEDERCO to act as seed producers. They will be organised and trained to become professional seed farmers, able to meet the demand of local producers.
The Permafund thanks all of the 2023 grant round applicants and welcomes applications when the next grant round opens.
As grant recipient organisations send through their project updates and completion reports their stories are shared In Permafund News through Permaculture Australia’s website, newsletter and socials.
The response to this grant round has once again shown that globally there are so many community organisations seeking solutions for the multiple challenges they are facing, Those already with a permaculture qualifications are reaching out to Permafund for support so they can assist their communities with practical permaculture projects, sometimes in combination with teaching and demonstrating traditional, organic, syntropic and regenerative agriculture methods,
Some applicant organisations work with the most marginalised people in their community and they ask for down to earth help to improve food security to restore good health & livelihoods. Most organisations are keen to receive more information about permaculture to share with others of all ages and circumstances.
In the past 10 years Permafund grants have funded 73 projects in 17 countries including Australia, supporting a wide range of projects including environment restoration, reforestation, increased biodiversity, soil improvement, water management, permaculture education, renewable energy systems, regenerative agriculture, seed sovereignty, food security and adaptation for climate change.
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