Recent Initiatives

Supporting community projects and services

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 more than £8M and made a positive difference to education, research, social welfare and poverty relief. £3M of that funding was pledged to support charities and communities during 2020, 2021 and 2022 following enhanced donations from NFU Mutual.

Supporting vital services in 2023

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has announced its first round of donations for 2023 - totalling more than £450,000 and giving support to 15 rural causes across the UK.

This is the first of two rounds of funding which will be delivered across the year. The Trust expects overall donations to have reached at least £1m by the end of 2023.

This latest round of funding will help to deliver a range of initiatives, including rural poverty relief, helping small farming businesses to thrive, educating and mentoring young people, and supporting the UK’s air ambulance network.
The organisations set to benefit from the donations are:

  • Access to Farms 
  • Addington Fund
  • Air Ambulances UK
  • Farms for City Children      
  • Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Scholarship   
  • NFU Education
  • Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust
  • Oxford Farming Conference
  • The Royal Countryside Fund
  • Royal Highland Education Trust          
  • Samaritans      
  • The Farming Community Network
  • Tir Dewi
  • Wales Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Examples of the Trust’s work

Support for the UK Sepsis Trust

In 2023, NFU Mutual has launched an awareness campaign in partnership with The UK Sepsis Trust, following a £70,000 donation made by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2022. The campaign supports the charity’s vital work and is sharing key information about sepsis symptoms with the farming community.   

Find out more about the Trust’s support for the UK Sepsis Trust

Support for Samaritans

Samaritans received donations from the Charitable Trust in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, totalling £250,000. This has supported Samaritans’ response to the impact of the pandemic, including reaching those most at risk and those in rural communities.

Find out more about the Trust's support for Samaritans

Support for FareShare

During 2021 and 2022, The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donated a total of £250,000 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.

Find out more about the Trust’s support for FareShare.