The Trust provides charities with grants to support the running costs of various projects and services.
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is an independent charity NFU Mutual set up in 1998 to support other charities and organisations working in the interests of agriculture, rural communities and the countryside, and it’s one of the main ways NFU Mutual support good causes who operate nationally. Since it was first set up, the Trust has distributed donations totalling £6M and made a positive difference to education, research, social welfare and poverty relief.
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Support for Samaritans
Samaritans was one of the organisations to receive donations from the Charitable Trust in 2020 and 2021, receiving a total donation of £200,000. This has supported Samaritans’ response to the impact of the pandemic, including reaching those most at risk and those in rural communities.
Supporting the humanitarian effort in Ukraine
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust will be making a special donation of £150,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Appeal.
Supporting vital services during Coronavirus
In 2021, the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust made donations totalling £1,051,700 across several national organisations that reach out to the isolated and vulnerable across the UK. This included £750,000 of donations made in response to the pandemic, enabled by enhanced funding from NFU Mutual.
The funding supported a wealth of initiatives, such as efforts to tackle mental health concerns and food poverty. In 2021, The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donated £150k to FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste. The funding will provide 600,000 meals to people in need around the UK. The Charitable Trust also donated a further £100k to Samaritans, to help them be there for anyone who is struggling to cope, including those in rural communities.
Introducing a different way of life
Many children from urban areas have never visited the countryside. Farms for City Children gives these young people the opportunity to live and work on a real farm for a week. Last year we helped the charity welcome around 3,000 pupils from across the UK to a world they’d never experienced before.
Helping rural families out of hardship
Farming can be an unpredictable profession that often doesn’t allow those inside it to financially prepare for later life. Farming Help is the umbrella organisation for four charities that help farming families avoid, or deal with, financial need. The charities provide support in a number of ways, from pastoral care and business advice to short and long-term grants, affordable housing, and even training to help develop skills that can bring in an income that doesn’t rely on the farm. Last year the charities collaborated to help more than 3,000 families across the UK.