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). Since 2012 we have supported dozens of successful projects in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Pacific. We are entirely volunteer run, meaning every dollar donated goes towards supporting fantastic permaculture projects across the world. Permafund is also unique in that we are the only permaculture seed grant charity in Australia (and one of a few internationally).
What is Permafund?
Permafund provides seed grants of up to $2000 to support permaculture projects in Australia and overseas. Once per year we accept applications for small grants which are assessed on need; alignment with permaculture principles and ethics, and project sustainability.
A volunteer run committee comprised of experienced permaculture practitioners and international aid experts assess and allocate the grant amounts. Permafund has a Child Protection policy and evaluation requirements that all grant recipients must comply with.
How have previous grants been used?
Permafund has been providing small grants to community groups since 2008. In 2018, grants were provided to:
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.
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 is also being conducted.
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 with the purchase of teaching materials, gardening tools and equipment, seeds and fencing.
Permaculture for Sustainable Communities – Kenya providing essential materials to all supported households to implement permaculture practices to produce food, work and income in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, North West Kenya.
(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.
Give to Permafund in your will
We are also able to accept bequests or be listed as a recipient in your will. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The Permafund Team
- John Champagne, Convenor Permafund
- Boyd Attewell
- Kym Blechynden, PA Director
- Chris Caroll
- Ronni Martin
- John McKenzie
- Jed Walker, Educator
Permafund relies entirely on donations from generous organisations and members of the community. A huge thank you to our supporters listed here
Permafund ambassador – Rowe Morrow
Rosemary Morrow became the first Permafund ambassador at the Intentional Permaculture Convergence in London recently. Her long permaculture career has taken many journeys from education and publication to aid and development work, across the globe.
Rosemary’s work in countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Bosnia and Afghanistan, highlights why we felt she deserved the recognition of being our first patron.
With the festive season upon us and a time of giving to others, Permafund is putting an appeal out to the global permaculture movement to consider sending us a donation. By sharing the abundance we have achieved with others, we participate actively in our third ethic… Fair Share. You can donate directly to Permafund above
Born in Perth, Rowe was claimed early by the Earth; plants, animals, stones, weather. Some years in the Kimberleys as a young girl confirmed it. She trained in agriculture science with which she was very disappointed, then moved to France where she lived in the L’Arche community. Later at Jordans Village in England she realised she would become a Quaker.
Back in Australia in the 1980s Rowe’s Permaculture Design Course provided the basis for a concern for Earth restoration. She considers permaculture to be ‘sacred knowledge’ to be carried and shared with others. Since then, when asked, she has travelled to teach the PDC to others who, due to circumstances, could not access it any other way. This took her to immediate post-war Vietnam as well as Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia and other countries.
Rowe’s present concern is to make teaching sustainable and encourage others to succeed her as teachers. Her books include the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture and the Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture.
Permafund ambassador – Charlie McGee
Dear Donors, Key Supporters and the Permaculture Community. Permaculture Australia’s Permafund is very grateful for your thoughtful, kind and generous donations over the past days, weeks, months and years. We are pleased to announce that the focus of Permafund’s...
In the 2018-19 Permafund micro-grant round an application by Faulu Productions to establish a permaculture food production system in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya was supported with AU$2,000 to help combat malnutrition in the camp. Faulu Productions is an...
Supporting capacity building and the establishment of permaculture food gardens to improve nutrition and a place to demonstrate and learn. Introduction: Thank you to Permafund and all those who contribute to it, for supporting programs that help vulnerable women and...