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LEAP into 2021
What is LEAP?
LEAP is a new model for financing and supporting food and farming enterprises that puts people and the biosphere at the heart of our food system. LEAP provides a critical next step for community based agroecological enterprises that have relied on grant funding to date and have nowhere to go to finance their onward development.
What does LEAP offer?
We offer affordable 5-6 year unsecured loans for amounts between £20,000 and £100,000 together with a grant of 18% of the loan amount. We also offer a tailored and structured mentoring package to ensure that you are ready to take on a loan. The structure and focus of this support will vary from one organisation to another, but could include business planning, financial modelling, governance, social impact delivery and community finance.
Who do you fund?
Our vision is a well-managed and properly capitalised, small, mixed, agroecological farming sector. Generally, we want to pursue small on a large scale, supporting cooperatives, social enterprises and community businesses that are at an early stage of development but have already built up their local community of support.
We will invest throughout the value chain from “farm to fork”, supporting food and farming enterprises that utilise or support agroecological methods of production, are rooted firmly in their own communities trading largely through local markets. We call this ‘Enlightened Agriculture‘. As an ‘impact first’ programme, we prioritise enterprises that have the potential to deliver the greatest social and environmental impact over the long term.