2022 funding is now OPEN for applications to the Dean Organic Fund

We are very pleased to announce that the third round of Dean Organic Fund (DOF) funding is now open, with up to £200,000 of interest-free loans available for small businesses.

The Organic Research Centre (ORC) is originating and managing a programme of small loans, all made out of the Dean Organic Fund. Our loans support small scale organic/agroecological farmers, producers and food businesses and these loans are unsecured, without any interest cost to finance investments in equipment or stock or other forms of working capital (not land). 

Grazing Matters, a conservation grazing enterprise and a previous beneficiary of the Dean Organic Fund

To date, previous loan sizes have been between £5,000 and £25,000, and all repayable in instalments over up to 5 years. We are able to lend companies, sole traders, community/social enterprises or charity owned businesses, including ones that are not certified organic but operate on principles closely aligned with organic principles.

To find out more about the Dean Organic Fund please click here. You can also download the application pack below:

Click here to download the DOF application information

Click here to download the DOF application form

Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions about the application form or process, please email DOF@organicresearchcentre.com.

Good luck!

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