StartFund 1996 - 2011 and 2012 - 2014
Started in 1996 as CIE Fund (Care for the In-vironment and En-vironment) and later on changing its name, StartFund provided start-up grants to early-stage grassroots projects around the world in the areas of community care, environmental stewardship and integrated health. Over the years, StartFund supported more than 240 projects in 57 countries worldwide. It granted a total of € 3 million. Operating as an independent foundation since 2012, it was liquidated on November 1st 2014 as it rejoined Fred Foundation in its activities.
For information about StartFund, you can contact the Fred Foundation team.
These are some examples of projects co-funded by StartFund:
De KrachtFabriek 2014
The KrachtFabriek (PowerFactory) aims to empower people through facilitating a space where people who are self-employed, lost their job or who want to volunteer to work with others can meet and collaborate. It is a place to inspire and motivate to create new ideas and an energy to make it work together. The motto is 'to make something out of nothing'. Working with recycled materials in empty buildings the KrachFabriek is a modern organisation working on today's challenges by combining head, heart and hands. Facilitating workshops to optimise the potential of people who are looking for renewed purpose, the KrachtFabriek motivates people to use their talens in a way to create a self-sustainable business model which can help even more people who are at risk of marginalisation.
Jamii Social Business Center (JSBC) 2013 - 2014
The Jamii Social Business Center is a Village Company incubator designed to accelerate the growth and success of Village Companies, by providing technical expertise and the financial capital required to create sustainable and profitable village companies. The Village Company engages in income generating businesses, with a percent of its profits being transferred to serve social needs in the village or reinvested in expansion of their business.The fact that the village itself both produces and decides on the social impact in the village fosters dignity, ownership and effectiveness in providing for such social needs as health care, education, and community development.
Development Alternatives 2012 - 2014
The Rural Transformation Initiative aimed to promote the overall well being and improve quality of life of rural communities in Bundelkhand, India. The overall objective is enhance the economic, natural and social capital base for holistic and sustainable development of communities. It addressed these topics through:
• Favilitating the integrated development of the local value chain of locally produced resources (initiating with spices) in Bundelkhand
• Promoting a culture of shared benefit and collective action among the community
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