The Addington Fund is a registered farming charity and our main area of work is to provide homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their home. In times of emergency and where hardship prevails, we may be able to assist with a grant towards certain business costs.
The ARC-Addington Fund was set up in 2001 as the Churches’ response to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), when it distributed grants totalling £10.3 million to over 22,000 applicants. The name was changed to Addington Fund in 2011 and today we focus more on housing, with a portfolio of over 50 properties, although hardship grants are available, at the Trustees’ Discretion, in times of emergency. We continue to work alongside other farming charities to ensure that each applicant can access the most appropriate help they need, and all information is treated in confidence.
Ian Bell, Chief Executive of Addington Fund says: “It’s a sad fact that many farmers risk losing their home when they have to leave the agricultural industry, often through no fault of their own. The continuing dairy crisis with many farmers losing money on every pint of milk they produce had led to many thousands facing financial ruin and forced to leave dairy farming. Elderly tenant farmers who don’t own the land they farm are particularly at risk of homelessness once they give up their tenancy. Many cannot afford the market rates for private rented properties and so they come to us for help.”
Every £1 is so valuable as we try to provide homes to farmers who have had to leave the industry
'A farming charity that means business.'- Addington Fund