How Our Funding Helps
Here’s some feedback from our grant recipients telling us how our funding has helped them.
Arts & Culture
can be improved upon. In 2012 the theatre will be 50 years old and the ageing Grade 2 listed building poses restrictions
to the theatre and therefore is limiting its potential. The grant has meant that they now have the building blocks
in place and are ready to start developing the site. It also enabled CFT to leverage a grant from the Arts Council
England towards the development of this project.
companies and audiences to form new relationships and develop exciting new work. With the establishment of an artist
development programme, BDFL have been able to foster successful relationships with a number of artists and companies
and BDFL have also worked closely and formed key partnerships with leadings in a range of different art forms, including
Hydrocracker, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, South East Dance, Without Walls and ZEPA. These relationships have
not only benefitted the companies/artists but have also enabled BDFL to commission and present cutting edge new work
of the highest standard that has contributed to propelling the forward in terms of raising our national profile.
on over 20 more community events, and were also able to fund more street entertainment than ever before. The street
entertainment increased the footfall in the town – beneficial for traders, raised the profile of the festival and
provided the community families and visitors some fantastic entertainment.
manage the website in an efficient manner. As a result they are uploading new material everyday. The number of visitors
is sustained and growing. They were also able to hold the Festival of Wellbeing, a successful festival which was
attended by 350 people, shifting their focus from economic growth to growth in well-being. Speakers included Fiona
Reynolds, Johnathon Porrit, Caroline Lucas, Polly Higgins, Patrick Holden, and Satish Kumar. Building on the success
of this festival they are organising a second festival of well-being this year.
a powerful and critically acclaimed pop-up supermarket art installation at O.N.C.A. gallery. Waste plastic collected
from local beaches by the artists and volunteers was washed, sorted and re-branded to create an eerily spectacular
‘supermarket’. The “TruCost Super M-Art” subverted the universal mundane shopping experience with the aim of inspiring
visitors to use plastic in more sustainable ways.
enhanced infrastructure and program roster, increased budget, and many opportunities to develop existing and new
programs. The Prison Project has a great responsibility and opportunity to make an impact beyond the inmates and
prisons the Actors’ Gang currently serve and they feel the support from The Roddick Foundation has moved them much
closer to their core aims and are excited to see what the next six months will bring.
festival in November 2015, a two-week Festival of performances and discussions in London featuring some of the company’s
most acclaimed original productions, reinvigorated classics and the world premiere of a new work, Time of Women.
Belarus Free Theatre integrated artistic production with campaigning and education elements throughout the festival
period to engage audiences in critical and pressing debates on human rights and social justice issues in the UK and
Syrian refugees in the tour. This money was of enormous help towards the refugees and their families. Most of these
families have been refugees in Jordan for five years now; they are largely forbidden to work for a living in Jordan
and money has become very tight. One of the aims of the Queens of Syria project is to help ease the financial burden
of the refugees in Jordan as much as possible. The money also enabled the women to justify taking the time to come
to the UK and tour the play.
As a result of funding from The Roddick Foundation the Soil Association has developed their campaigns and policy
work to raise awareness and activism around the critical issue of food security, and sustainable food and farming
systems. They have published Stuffed – a new activists handbook which starts in the kitchen and travels via gardens,
schools, communities, cities and farms to examine how the global food system influences, and can be influenced
by, our own personal choices. The Soil Association has also run a major international conference, which looked
at the unprecedented challenges facing the world’s food systems. Published a key report on organic farming’s potential
to mitigate climate change through carbon capture, and organised a national conference in Birmingham, addressing
the triple challenges of climate change, resource depletion and food security and the need to develop new models
for food and farming systems for the 21st century.
Courtesy of The Roddick Foundation, Tourism Concern has been able to employ a full time campaigns manager plus supporting
volunteer staff to launch their important new campaign demanding water rights for communities in destinations:
Water Equity in Tourism (WET). The goal being that water rights of communities living in tourism destinations are
protected and respected and more equitable distribution between local people and tourism development is secured.
As a result of the funding provided by The Roddick Foundation Navdanya (a women-led movement for biodiversity conservation,
sustainable agriculture and farmer’s rights ) has been able to create a global alliance of that are resisting GMOs,
and also produce a global citizen’s report on GMOs titled ‘The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes – False Promises, Failed
Technologies.’ Both the report and the global citizens alliance have provided the GMO-free movements with a strong
and persuasive tool in their work to turn the GMO industrial tide.
Slow Food UK
As a result of the grant from The Roddick Foundation, Slow Food UK, a not-for-profit seeking to promote a better
way to eat, has developed a new membership database. Due to the improved membership database, local groups have
easier access to membership information, which enables them to contact their local members more easily. Local groups
have to spend less time informing and chasing local members for their renewal, and less members lapsed, creating
bigger and stronger local groups, that can focus more on organising local events and activities. The new database,
and improved local events section helps them communicate about these activities more easily too.
A new email system was also developed to be linked to the membership database. The new membership database and
email system allows for more, frequent tailored communication with different stakeholder groups. Doing so, different
groups get more specialised information, relevant to their role within the
Blue Marine Foundation
The Roddick Foundation funding has enabled BLUE to expand its portfolio of marine conservation activities to now
include: Belize, Lyme Bay, exploration of other UK sites in which to adopt the Lyme model, the Mediterranean, Antarctica
and Scotland. The beneficiaries in each of these areas vary – from people to marine ecosystems but suffice to say
that BLUE’s remit has been firmly progressed by this funding.
In addition, this funding has enabled to continue to bring the world’s attention to the crisis in the oceans.
With the support of the Roddick Foundation, BLUE has produced two short films – on a modest budget – and a highly
impactful PR campaign to help raise further awareness and funds for its mission.
This funding also enables the successful and professional running of the at a ‘behind the scenes’ level, and the
funding has been of immeasurable value to BLUE itself. BLUE is a young, ‘start up’ charity which cannot rely on
a fully established, long-running list of ‘repeat’ donors.
With the funding from The Roddick Foundation WhaleFest has been able to able to reach thousands more children
with innovative educational materials and a message of the importance care for the ocean environment. WhaleFest’s
in-schools activities are one of the children’s most anticipated and enjoyed events. The quality and scope of WhaleFest’s
educational work at the forthcoming WhaleFest would be fraction of what they deliver without The Roddick Foundation’s
The Roddick Foundation funding has been truly invaluable this year in helping Transition Network progress their
core work, in communications and support. Transition has been able to inspire and catalyse action by communities
towards a low-carbon, socially-just future, and to help people involved in Transition to access good information,
resources and support.
Community Environmental Council
With the help of the funding received CEC has been able to increase their reach to the public as well as strengthen
community partnerships on their five initiatives that seek to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to address climate
change. Funding has allowed CEC to maintain one of the strongest social media networks by an environmental non-profit
in Southern California.
With the help of the funding received from The Roddick Foundation, the Gaia Foundation has been able to complete the production phase of their global photographic initiative ‘We Feed The World’ which will put the spotlight on the small, family farms and communities who feed over 70% of the world’s population through regenerative agricultural approaches.