Permafund 2018 grant round recipients

The team from Permaculture Australia’s Permaculture International Public Fund (well known as Permafund), is extremely grateful for the generous donations from individuals, key supporters and fundraisers that have enabled the 2018 round of micro-grants.
With donations of AU$13,000 to distribute, Permafund received applications from projects in India, Kenya, Nepal and Australia.
From 16 applications the Permafund assessment team has selected six organisations who have each received an AU$2,000 micro-grant as seed funding for their various projects.
IRDS (Integrated Rural Development), Salem District, Tamil Nadu, India.
Enabling 50 tribal farmers in 3 villages to cultivate indigenous millets, and vegetables through intercrops using permaculture and indigenous farm practices so that the soil fertility and soil moisture will be  improved and micro-organisms increased.
Kiini Sustainable Initiative Kenya
Establishment and management of a Permaculture integrated land use design model in the Nyeri farm school. Education about greywater recycling, water harvesting and composting will be included.
Nepal Permaculture Group, Kathmandu
Rooftop gardening systems and 10 permaculture farms will be developed with three major aims: food production, research and demonstration using ecological technologies related to permaculture and climate resilient farming practices.
OTEPIC Kenya
Educating children about permaculture gardening at Tabasamu Orphanage Children’s home and Biddi primary school. The grant will support the purchase of teaching materials, gardening tools and equipment, seeds and fencing.
Permaculture for Sustainable Communities – Kenya
The project will focus on establishing permaculture as a fully-fledged occupation in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County in the north-western region of Kenya, by providing essential materials to all supported households to fully implement permaculture to produce food, work and income.
(WORD) Women’s Organisation for Development, Tamil Nadu
Promotion of Indigenous millets cultivation through the creation of seeds banks for 15 villages and involving 75 farmers.
A micro-grant of AU $1,000 was approved to assist Ethos Foundation raise funds to support women and children in East Africa to establish permaculture garden systems under the guidance of touring permaculture educator Morag Gamble and family.
Each organisation will provide Permafund with project updates, photos and a completion report to share with donors, key supporters, Permaculture Australia members and the community.

What is Permafund?

Permaculture Australia’s Permaculture International Public Fund (i.e Permafund) is a unique, beneficial mechanism with huge potential for doing good in the worldwide permaculture community though the distribution of funds donated by the Permafund community and its supporters.
It is an organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status in Australia so is entitled to receive tax deductible gifts. You can only claim a tax deduction for donations or gifts to organisations that have a DGR status.  Tax deductions for donations or tithes  are claimed by the donor person, or business, that makes the gift.
Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible and are shared with grateful grant recipients who put the funds to work in a wide variety of creative and effective projects.
For more information please contact permafund@permacultureaustralia.org.au.

‘Fair Share’ in action

‘Fair Share’ in action

“The ethics earth carepeople care and fair share form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies. Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes”, Permaculture Principles

 

Permaculture ethics: Fair Share

The Permaculture ethic of ‘Fair Share‘ is related to setting limits and redistributing surplus in times of abundance. The icon of the pie and a slice of it represents the taking of what we need and sharing what we don’t, whilst recognising that there are limits to how much we can give and how much we can take.

There are many ways that we benefit from giving a fair share of the bounty to others in our community – including donating surplus income or donations to PA’s Permafund.

 

Fair Share: supporting Permafund

Permafund provides small grants to permaculture community projects in Australia and internationally. Dozens of project have been funded supporting seed banks, water harvesting, permaculture training, food security projects and composting toilets to name a few.

We are thrilled to acknowledge a number of our Permafund 2020 donors here (noting there are many more!) while showing the different ways Permafund support can be provided.

 

1. One off donations

PA member Beck Lowe, 2020 Permafund donor.

Donations can be made any time of the year, including in the lead up to the ‘end of financial year’, for an amount you choose. A huge thank you to PA members including Beck Lowe, Claude and Helene Marmoux and Milkwood Permaculture who provided generous donations this EOFY.

 

 

 

 

PA members Milkwood Permaculture, Permafund 2020 donors.

Why donate to Permafund? In the words of the Milkwood Permaculture team:

We love that Permafund is an effective way to distribute fair share – it’s great to be able to donate to an organisation that we know gets the funds straight to communities and projects that need it.”  

 

 

 

2. Regular or tithe donations

Set up regular payments to Permafund – for which you choose the donation amount and frequency. A huge thank you to PA Patron & Formidable Vegetable frontman Charlie McGee and several other members (who wish to remain anonymous) for donating using this method.

Charlie McGee, Permafund Patron & frontman of Formidable Vegetable

“When I started making a small surplus from my music, it seemed like the obvious thing to do was to tithe some of my income to Permafund, so that the music could also directly benefit people practicing permaculture on-the-ground… Permafund was a great way that I could give back to the community and adhere a bit more to the ethics of Earth Care and Fair Share”, Charlie McGee, Formidable Vegetable.

 

 

 

3. Partnership or business donation

The fabulous folks at Permaculture Principles donate 100% profits from the sale of the Permaculture Calendar each year to Permafund – amazing!

“It has been important for me to ‘walk the walk’, so the entire design process, production and sale reflects the ethics and principles that [the calendar] displays. We have always encouraged community participation in the contributions for the calendar, so I felt the need to give back to the permaculture community. Permafund was set up for this purpose. I hope that our model can inspire others to ‘return the surplus’ and demonstrate our ethics,”  Richard Telford, Permaculture Principles.

 

4. Event fundraiser using social media or other methods

Facebook has an online Fundraiser tool that has been used by Permafund supporters including the tiny house concert launch of the ‘Climate Movement‘ collaboration with Brenna Quinlan, Charlie McGee and Spoonbill.

PA Life member Robyn Francis also used the Facebook donation option recently for her birthday – resulting in the donation aim being met and exceeded well in advance – thanks Robyn and friends!

Says Robyn “For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Permafund. I’ve chosen this charity because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me. All donations to this fund are given out as micro-grants to grassroots community projects making a big difference, in Australia and overseas. Every little bit will help me reach my goal – making the world a better place with Earthcare, Peoplecare and Fairshare”.

 

5. Donation in lieu of presenter fee(s)

PA members Brett and Nici Cooper at Limestone Permaculture completed *lots* of online workshops & events during Covid-19 restrictions – and requested participants to donate to Permafund in lieu of presenter fees – yeah!  A huge thank you for their generous support and to Permaculture Toowoomba, among others, who made a donation in their name too. Thanks for the amazing support!

 

6. Bequests

Following the successful acceptance of Bequests and increasing queries, we have developed information, including suggested wording, to leave a gift in your will to Permaculture Australia, including Permafund.  Please contact hello@permacultureaustralia.org.au for further information.

Want to know more?

 

Donations to Permafund over $2 are tax deductible in Australia with 100% of donations received supporting projects in Australia and internationally. More information about Permafund can be found here.

The Permaculture Principles website has great examples and information about each of the permaculture ethics and principles, including Fair Share. You can also listen below to Not The End by Formidable Vegetable, which represents the ethic Fair Share and is available on the album Grow Do It. 

 

Applications for the 2018 Permafund grant round are now closed.

Permafund grant round 2018 guidelines

Permafund grants are available for amounts up to AUD $2,000 to community based organisations in Australia or overseas to support their work restoring and improving the environment and building sustainable communities.
Grant applications over AUD $2,000 will be considered on the basis of their cost-effectiveness in comparison to smaller-scale projects. Reporting requirements might be stricter for larger projects.

To submit your application

Download grant related documents

About Permafund


Permaculture International Public Fund (Permafund) is the tax deductible donation arm of Permaculture International Ltd.
Permafund is the charitable arm of Permaculture Australia. Its charter is to promote and support projects around the world that have a strong permaculture element.
Donations $2 and above are tax deductible in Australia.
Permafund is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission — ABN 13 196 056 495.
These registered organisations must have a principal purpose of either:

  • the protection and enhancement of the natural environment or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or
  • the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.

GUIDELINES

Please read grant guidelines that are listed below carefully before completing the application form 

1. Amount thresholds and due by dates

Permafund grants are available for amounts up to AUD $2,000 to community based organisations in Australia or overseas to support their work restoring and improving the environment and building sustainable communities.
Grant applications over AUD $2,000 will be considered on the basis of their cost-effectiveness in comparison to smaller-scale projects. Reporting requirements might be stricter for larger projects.
Applications can be submitted up to midnight on Monday 1st October 2018 and successful applicants will be notified before December 10th 2018.

2. Who can apply

Applications can only be received from community-based organisations with elected office bearers. Applications can be in Australia or overseas. Any groups unsure of their eligibility should contact the Grant coordinator (details below).

3. Purpose

Grants are for activities which demonstrate the principles of Permaculture and support the building of sustainable communities. Projects must meet the objectives of the Australian Government’s Registrar of Environmental Organisations:
“The protection and enhancement of the natural environment, or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.”
Make sure your project will, in the end, protect or improve the natural environment.

4. Our judging criteria

Grants are for activities which demonstrate the principles of Permaculture and support the building of sustainable communities. Preference will be given to applications that show:

  • the applicant is able to complete the work (viability)
  • an effective use of funds and other resources (value)
  • the project is responding to an identified need e.g. where people are in poverty (social justice)
  • the project can carry on after the grant money runs out (endurance)
  • there will be recording of the lessons learnt (education)
  • there will be clear results that can be measured (evaluation)
  • the possibility of ongoing communication with Permafund (relationship)

Examples of activities and groups that Permafund grants have supported in the past:
For soil conservation and improved land use for food security and sustainable development:

  • Planting 1,500 seedlings of paper trees – Ockenden, Cambodia
  • Biodynamic preparation education – Madurai, India
  • Solar water pump for rice cultivation – Odisha, India

For project-based training using locals to improve land and produce food using permaculture principles

  • Expert mentor for a team to make swales, edible forest, cowshed and irrigation – Umoja Orphanage, Kenya

For mentor support and professional development for community leaders

  • PDC and village plan for La Gonave Island, Haiti

4. Additional information we prefer you to submit with your application

  • Letters of support from other partner organisations, people, government officers (if we think we will fund your project you will have to provide these at some stage)
  • Contacts for referees – we like to speak with you and others about your organisation
  • Map of the project location
  • A recent annual report for the organisation or other materials from the organisation

5. Learning, sharing and reporting

Recipients are expected to report on their project outcome. This can include brief notes, photos, comments from people involved, copies of receipts, comments from other local organisations. The important things are: were the funds well used and what has been learnt from the work? It does not need to be a long formal report. The learning and sharing of learning is a major hope for Permafund’s work and where it is appropriate information from grant reports will be used on the PA website to support others considering similar projects.

6. Enquiries

Permaculture Stories – Richard Telford

Permaculture Stories – Richard Telford

Interview with Richard Telford from Permaculture Principles

Tell me about Permaculture Principles – how it began, what you sell, a bit about the company/business related to permaculture, who’s involved etc.

I developed the Permaculture Principles website in 2007 as a way to introduce the concept to a wider audience and make independent permaculture publications more widely available online. This coincided with David Arnold’s idea to produce a Permaculture Calendar, using the icons as a theme for each month. The calendar concept and website were launched together at the 9th Australian Permaculture Convergence in Sydney, March 2008.
Oliver Holmgren joined me in 2013 to further develop the website and we formed a company structure for the business in 2017. We began sending out publications for Holmgren Design, and wholesale for independent publishers on the melliodora.com website, specialising in permaculture related titles. Our titles include the work of David Holmgren, Bill Mollison, Rowe Morrow, Ross Mars, Alanna Moore, Formidable Vegetable and most recently Samual Alexander, along with many other familiar names too.
We moved the operations from our home, to a dedicated ‘warehouse’ space to store, pack and send books from – which is at my mothers place in Seymour, Victoria. Christine joined us in 2018 and plays a key role in managing the day to day operations at the ‘warehouse’.
Our business was set up to support people to learn more about permaculture. We do this while providing for the needs of independent authors to get their books ‘out there’, so that they can focus on doing what they are good at. We help permaculture minded people avoid the ‘online supermarkets’ that give very little back to the authors and don’t work in line with our values. Our model is the ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ of the book world.

(more…)

Permaculture grant round 2018 now open for applications

 Permafund grant round 2018 guidelines

Permafund grants are available for amounts up to AUD $2,000 to community based organisations in Australia or overseas to support their work restoring and improving the environment and building sustainable communities.
Grant applications over AUD $2,000 will be considered on the basis of their cost-effectiveness in comparison to smaller-scale projects. Reporting requirements might be stricter for larger projects.

To submit your application

Download grant related documents

About Permafund


Permaculture International Public Fund (Permafund) is the tax deductible donation arm of Permaculture International Ltd.
Permafund is the charitable arm of Permaculture Australia. Its charter is to promote and support projects around the world that have a strong permaculture element.
Donations $2 and above are tax deductible in Australia.
Permafund is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission — ABN 13 196 056 495.
These registered organisations must have a principal purpose of either:

  • the protection and enhancement of the natural environment or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or
  • the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.

GUIDELINES

Please read grant guidelines that are listed below carefully before completing the application form 

1. Amount thresholds and due by dates

Permafund grants are available for amounts up to AUD $2,000 to community based organisations in Australia or overseas to support their work restoring and improving the environment and building sustainable communities.
Grant applications over AUD $2,000 will be considered on the basis of their cost-effectiveness in comparison to smaller-scale projects. Reporting requirements might be stricter for larger projects.
Applications can be submitted up to midnight on Monday 1st October 2018 and successful applicants will be notified before December 10th 2018.

2. Who can apply

Applications can only be received from community-based organisations with elected office bearers. Applications can be in Australia or overseas. Any groups unsure of their eligibility should contact the Grant coordinator (details below).

3. Purpose

Grants are for activities which demonstrate the principles of Permaculture and support the building of sustainable communities. Projects must meet the objectives of the Australian Government’s Registrar of Environmental Organisations:
“The protection and enhancement of the natural environment, or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.”
Make sure your project will, in the end, protect or improve the natural environment.

4. Our judging criteria

Grants are for activities which demonstrate the principles of Permaculture and support the building of sustainable communities. Preference will be given to applications that show:

  • the applicant is able to complete the work (viability)
  • an effective use of funds and other resources (value)
  • the project is responding to an identified need e.g. where people are in poverty (social justice)
  • the project can carry on after the grant money runs out (endurance)
  • there will be recording of the lessons learnt (education)
  • there will be clear results that can be measured (evaluation)
  • the possibility of ongoing communication with Permafund (relationship)

Examples of activities and groups that Permafund grants have supported in the past:
For soil conservation and improved land use for food security and sustainable development:

  • Planting 1,500 seedlings of paper trees – Ockenden, Cambodia
  • Biodynamic preparation education – Madurai, India
  • Solar water pump for rice cultivation – Odisha, India

For project-based training using locals to improve land and produce food using permaculture principles

  • Expert mentor for a team to make swales, edible forest, cowshed and irrigation – Umoja Orphanage, Kenya

For mentor support and professional development for community leaders

  • PDC and village plan for La Gonave Island, Haiti

4. Additional information we prefer you to submit with your application

  • Letters of support from other partner organisations, people, government officers (if we think we will fund your project you will have to provide these at some stage)
  • Contacts for referees – we like to speak with you and others about your organisation
  • Map of the project location
  • A recent annual report for the organisation or other materials from the organisation

5. Learning, sharing and reporting

Recipients are expected to report on their project outcome. This can include brief notes, photos, comments from people involved, copies of receipts, comments from other local organisations. The important things are: were the funds well used and what has been learnt from the work? It does not need to be a long formal report. The learning and sharing of learning is a major hope for Permafund’s work and where it is appropriate information from grant reports will be used on the PA website to support others considering similar projects.

6. Enquiries

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