Local Sustainability Fund
In early 2016 Future Roots was awarded a grant from the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund, which is being delivered by the Big Lottery Fund. The grant provides us with a one-off injection of time and resources that will allow us to become more sustainable in the long term.
Dorset Community Foundation
Future Roots has received a number of grants from the Dorset Community Foundation. These include three grants from their Dorset County Council Fund and two from their Dorset Education Fund. Their support has helped to build our capacity, pilot new services, and purchase equipment.
Nineveh Charitable Trust / Bournemouth University
In 2014 Future Roots began a three-year independent evaluation of our work with Bournemouth University. The research is jointly funded by the Nineveh Charitable Trust and the university’s studentship competition. The Nineveh Charitable Trust continued their support in late 2014 when they awarded Future Roots a grant to help our expansion to Whitfield.
The Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) awarded us a grant in 2013 to expand our classroom facilities at Rylands Farm, allowing us to work with a wider range of people.
The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) awarded us a grant in 2014 to purchase gardening equipment for the Whitfield site.
Ernest Cook Trust
The Ernest Cook Trust awarded us a grant in 2013 to provide opportunities for young people to learn a range of rural skills and crafts.
Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme
Future Roots received a small grant in early 2012 from the Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) to support the development of The Countrymen’s Club. In 2013 a second grant was awarded to develop a similar service for women.
Future Roots has been generously supported (2010-2012) by Sowing SEEDS, which is part of the Local Action for Rural Communities (LARC) Funding Programme supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) through the European Union’s LEADER Programme, and Wiltshire Council acting as the accountable body.
Dike & Son
Future Roots has been receiving ongoing support from Dike & Son, an award-winning independent supermarket in Stalbridge. Through Making A Difference Locally, Dike & Son sponsors groups of children and young people to come to Rylands Farm and learn more about farming and the countryside. Their support also allows schools to borrow an incubator so that pupils can watch chicks being hatched in the classroom.
Mole Valley Farmers is a cooperative operating from nine branches across the South West to supply a vast range of farm (and non-farm) supplies including animal feeds, fertiliser and minerals. The Yeovil branch of Mole Valley Farmers has supported Future Roots since the very beginning by allowing us to purchase supplies at very reduced rates and by organising their staff into weekend volunteer work groups to undertake jobs on the farm.
A short breaks (respite care) service is currently being provided under contract to Dorset County Council for children who are disabled. For further information and news on short breaks in Dorset, please visit the xchange.
We are grateful for the support of Wessex Group who organised a team of volunteers to come to Rylands for a day – they were able to put new electrics in the office, carry out safety work in the Country Club Barn, erect a donated field shelter and give other parts a lick of paint.
Hall & Woodhouse
We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £1,500 – the highest award – along with 26 other wonderful organisations. The grant will help us to continue The Countrymen’s Club, our project for older men, during this year.
We’re working together with Synergy Housing to support those who are looking to get back to work. Through their Neighbourhood Investment Toolkit, Future Roots was awarded £12,610 in 2014.
It was lovely to go on ITV’s Surprise Surprise and even lovelier to receive a big donation of wellies and tools from Countrywide Farmers. Countrywide has over 50 county stores supplying products, services and advice to the rural community. From agriculture, equine and rural business to pet, garden, clothing and energy, Countrywide has the lot. Keep up to date by following them on Twitter.
Inspired by 2012 health and wellbeing legacy fund
A grant of £9,926 is helping us develop our work for older people and those with long-term conditions thanks to Dorset’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy. More details of the funding can be found on the Dorset County Council website.
Safer Dorset Fund
We received a grant of £1457 was received from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to undertake work at our new Whitfield site.
Sherborne Turf have been supporting us with the renovation of the Whitfield site by donating turf, which is being used to improve the appearance of the site.
Dorset Food Network
Dorset Food Network is immensely proud to make this very natural association with Future Roots. Our role supporting local businesses within the food industry meant that a connection with Future Roots was almost destined. We look forward to assisting in any way we can, Future Roots and the many wonderful people for whom they provide such a wide variety of inspiring services.
Carpet Right Dorchester
Dorset County Council Volunteer Day
Cerne Abbas Church and Community
Friends of Sherborne Abbey