The Regenerative Fund, or Re:Fund, was launched in 2018, and is the evolution of the Sustainable Lush (SLush) Fund.
The Re:Fund was born out of the desire to move beyond ‘Sustainability’, toward environmental and social ‘Regeneration’.
The Re:Fund spans three areas of giving: Disaster & Displacement; Permaculture & Agroecology; Rewilding & Biodiversity. Each Re:Fund Circle has a co-ordinator and a decision making committee.
Within the Re:Fund also sits a biennial award called the Spring Prize. The Spring Prize is the Re:Fund’s public facing award, whereas the three Re:Fund Circles are currently by invitation only through our existing networks.
Within Spring Prize sits a new research project called the Springboard, which aims to analyse the global regenerative network to find leverage points of support.
D&D – Green ReLeaf
Using Permaculture and peacebuilding methods, Green ReLeaf work across the Philippines to support communities who were displaced by violence or environmental crises. Their two primary projects support internally displaced peoples (IDPs) who suffered from religious extremist attacks in Marawi, and IDPs who had their homes destroyed by Typhoon Haima.
P&A – Karambi
Karambi Group of People with Disabilities (KaGPWD) works to empower persons with disabilities and promote regenerative solutions for food security in western Uganda. Their work includes the delivery of permaculture training in schools and with community groups, and more broadly promoting permaculture techniques for food security, environmental protection, fighting malnutrition and poverty in their region.
R&B – Guyra Paraguay
What little remains of the Atlantic forests (5%) are considered second only to the Amazon in biodiversity. Guyra Paraguay is trying to save the second largest fragment remaining in Paraguay, and the most threatened: the 73,000ha ‘San Rafael National Park’ by reforesting 15ha of degraded land, planting 12,000 native trees, supporting the land rights of the Mby´a Guarani people and improving security in the forest.
The Lush Spring Prize is a biennial fund which awards £200,000 to a diverse array of organisations from around the world that are working towards environmental and social regeneration.
With each prize, awards have been given to 11 projects within four categories: Intentional Projects, Young Projects and Established Projects, as well as an ‘Influence Award’ which seeks to fund groups that have a wide impact in the regenerative field and beyond.
The Lush Spring Prize is facilitated and co-ordinated in partnership with Ethical Consumer, an independent, not-for-profit co-operative based in Manchester, UK.
The Springboard is a small fund and research initiative, aimed at exploring the wider regenerative network. Through working with and analysing previous Spring Prize applicants, we begin to gain insights as to where we can make the best possible impact through our funding and support.