Fifty five projects supported by PA’s Permafund

Fifty five projects supported by PA’s Permafund

Fifty five! Thanks to a generous donation from Permaculture Sydney North we are thrilled to fund another permaculture project – bringing the grand total of projects supported by PA’s Permafund to fifty five in sixteen countries.

A Permafund grant will support PRM, a grassroots organisation, to assist women farmers in 10 rural villages in India to revitalize their farming with permaculture and organic practices. This will include training, tree planting, promotion of local Indigenous seeds, & improved water harvesting activities.

PRM promotes biodiversity forests using the Miyawaki Forest promotion methods – when diversified tree saplings are planted with limited spacing, they grow straight, fast and tall. The local community was involved when PRM initiated this innovative method at a village named Pappudayanpatti, contributing their time, energy and material resources.

“A cultural change is required in the food habits of the communities, with a renewed focus on traditional foods which were the only source of diet in earlier days when our ancestors lived happily and healthy. Similarly, farmers want to restore and promote Indigenous seeds that are drought tolerant, medicinal and healthy. “

This is what PA’s Permafund is all about – enacting the the three ethics of permaculture (Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share) and supporting grassroots projects around the globe to build stronger communities.

How can I get involved?

Want to make a difference too? Donate to PA’s Permafund today here and help build food security and stronger communities across the globe. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Fair Share February

Fair Share February

PA’s Permafund provides small grants of less than $2000 AUD to community permaculture projects across the globe. Since 2012, we have funded 54 projects in 16 countries that support food security, seed sovereignty, regenerative farming practices and water harvesting.

During the month of February, we will be fundraising for the following *three* grassroots permaculture projects:

Project 1 seeking funding: Practical permaculture for youth and women in Tanzania – this project will equip participants with permaculture training, supporting green jobs and employability to break the cycle of poverty, benefiting 100 community members.

Project 2 seeking funding: 1000 tree project  in India. A rural initiative in southern India to increase forest cover, restore biodiversity and ensure food, fodder and livelihood security through regenerative practices. The project will support small groups of marginal farmers to acquire fencing, water harvesting earthworks, drought tolerant native crop seeds and high quality tree saplings.

Project 3 seeking funding: Sustainable Agriculture practices for women farmers in rural India to revitalize farming systems with permaculture training and the establishments of village level seed banks.

Why donate to Permafund?

“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 Mgee, Formidable Vegetable & Permafund Patron



Our volunteer Committee assesses each grant application carefully to ensure projects align with permaculture ethics & principles, and provides ongoing mentoring and support for the projects. Funding supports grassroots community and local organisations, with small amounts of money making a big difference across the globe.

We choose to donate to Permafund as part of our ethical obligation to sharing fairly. We believe that access to permaculture knowledge and skills should be a fundamental human right as they provide humans everywhere with a pattern for a better future for all of us. We love that Permafund supports disadvantaged communities to rebuild ecological health while providing for human needs. Meg and Graham, Permacoach

“To give and support projects that empower people to grow their own food to feed their families and communities, as well as learn skills to design their own sustainable future is a gift. It encompasses the 3 Ethics of Permaculture – Earth care, people care and fair share, giving lasting change in parts of the world with greatest need. Keep doing great things Permafund.” Jo Gentle Footprints Permaculture

How can I support?

Donations over $2 in Australia are tax deductible and are a great way to enact the third permaculture ethic ‘fair share’. For more information including to donate please click here.

Permaculture grants close Sunday 30th August

Permaculture grants close Sunday 30th August

PA’s Permafund has run five grant rounds since 2012 – funding 38 permaculture projects in 14 countries around the world.

Permaculture projects are more important than ever to help keep communities safe and strong. This year our focus is on the theme of resilient communities.  This means projects that prepare a community to withstand and recover from disasters such as fire, food shortages, cyclones, drought and diseases.

Applications for our current grant round close Sunday 30th August with grants of up to $2000 available for community projects. More information including how to apply can be found here.

A huge thank you to our wonderful donors and all of the communities we’ve worked with who are doing such amazing work (pictured below). 🌿🌻

 

 

Permaculture Australia is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 13 196 056 495, operating as Permaculture International Public Fund (Permafund). Donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made here.

PA’s Permafund supports a beekeeping project in Kenya

PA’s Permafund supports a beekeeping project in Kenya


The team from the OTEPIC Peace Project, represented by Coordinator, Philip Odhiambo Munyasia, thanks donors to PA’s Permafund for their support in promoting permaculture in Kitale Kenya.

In 2020, OTEPIC received a $2,000 Permafund grant for a beekeeping project.  This included establishing ten bee hives initially and training a core contingent of 70 local community members in beekeeping. A further 100 community members are being introduced to beekeeping as a means of generating personal incomes and reducing local poverty.  Youth leadership training is ongoing.


As an alternative local farming enterprise, beekeeping is already creating employment at a low level.  Four people are working on the bee project while learning to build bee hives to sell to the local market. Farm yields have also increased due to the availability of bees as pollinators.

OTEPIC’s apiary was established in April ’21 providing ongoing beekeeping business management training and demonstrations for members of the Biddi community.  By December 2021 members of the community will be sharing roles for the collective management of the apiary and the surrounding bee attracting gardens and food forest. 

Honey has been harvested twice already with a beeswax and propolis extraction process to be established by the end of 2021. Hives have been bought collectively and are being managed by OTEPIC project community members as a group demonstration site at the Upendo garden. 

To keep the bees in good health for the long-term sunflowers and nectar rich flowers have been planted, water sources made available and bee feeding stations are set up when required. 

There are many social and economic factors that cause division among communities and bee keeping has helped to bring people together to exchange and share, promoting unity and diminishing the divides of political and resource-based disagreements and conflicts.

The project has its challenges including transportation of materials, bee hives and volunteers to the working site. The unpredictable rainy season has affected the swarming season which helps add colonies for the bee hives. There wasn’t enough shade when the hives were first installed so fast-growing trees are being grown around them. 

A lot has been learned during the project planning process, which has served as a reminder to look at how each element is connected to the others and the importance of looking at whole systems and the complete vision when planning one aspect.

Members of OTEPIC and its neighbours have learned from every step of the installation of the bee keeping project and will be able to replicate the process in future projects. They have been inspired by the experience of collaboration and exchange with other regional projects such as the Garden of Hope project and will continue to look for these opportunities, Monitoring and evaluation of the project is ongoing. 

Donations to Permaculture Australia’s Permafund over $2 are tax deductible in Australia and support environmental and community building projects like the OTEPIC Beekeeping project. Find out more including how to donate here.

Permafund welcomes micro grant applicants

Permafund welcomes micro grant applicants

Do you represent a community organisation in a region recovering from the past year’s many natural disasters and catastrophic events? If so,  now’s the time to consider applying for a Permafund micro grant.

Focusing on the theme of resilient communities, Permaculture Australia’s Permafund is welcoming applications for grants to support permaculture- oriented projects that are preparing your community to withstand disasters such as bushfires, food shortages, cyclones, drought, floods or disease or helping your community recover from any of these challenges.

Demonstrating how to make liquid fertilser

Soil improvement & seed distribution workshop

For example, the micro grants are available to support community projects working to install and restore food production, water harvesting and renewable energy systems, to protect and re-vegetate habitats and build community resilience.

To apply, the Application form and Grant Guidelines are available here to download as PDF and Word documents.

2020 Grant-Guidelines (PDF)

2020 Grant-Guidelines (WORD)

2020 Application-Form (WORD)

2020 Application-Form (PDF)

Please send the completed form and any supporting documents to permafund@permacultureaustralia.org.au before the closing date of Sunday 30th August 2020 ( midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST).

Permaculture Australia’s Permafund plays a unique role in the worldwide permaculture community through its micro grant program that distributes donations received from individuals, businesses and fundraisers.

Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible in Australia and are shared with grateful recipients who put their grants to work in a wide variety of creative environmental and community building projects.

For more information please contact Grant Coordinator, Jed Walker  permafund@permacultureaustralia.org.au.

Seed stored to improve village food security