Built by Nature’s Accelerator Fund is open for applications. The fund is established to further Built by Nature’s vision and mission – making grants to the teams and solutions that can increase the uptake of sustainable timber and improve its climate impact, overcoming some of the most challenging barriers. It offers grants of between €50,000-€250,000 per initiative.
Built by Nature brings together an ecosystem of partners, frontrunners and innovative solutions that are able to scale systemic change in the sector. Funders with aligned visions and values are invited to join Built by Nature.
Become a funding partner
Supporting the Organisation and Network: Contributing to the vision and mission by supporting operational and programmatic costs of Built by Nature.
Supporting the Accelerator Fund: The Accelerator Fund provides a mechanism for donors to pool funds and expertise in the timber building transformation, across the fields of city and building decarbonisation – and land use and forests – in recognition of the fact that the nascent field of regenerative building in unison with nature cannot be built by a single donor. It aims to maximise resources to the field through donor collaboration, increase knowledge of what works in this complex area, and enable agile and experimental approaches in this new field. Donors meeting our minimum contribution thresholds can participate in the fund’s Investment Committee.
Read our donor brochure for further information on how you can get involved.
You will be joining Built by Nature’s founding funding partner, Laudes Foundation, launched in 2020 by the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise to support initiatives that inspire and challenge industry to harness its power for good.
Fund Priorities and Open Challenges
The Accelerator Fund will enable a wide range of initiatives that drive systemic change, working with experts across the Built by Nature network to develop an ‘innovation roadmap’ for the sector. Current priorities include initiatives that: 1) Quantify and compare timber-based vs. traditional buildings on climate, technical, economic and social parameters; 2) Establish innovative policy incentives and/or remove disincentives for sustainable timber buildings.
In addition, the Fund will run ‘Open Challenges’ to the field to raise the bar. Watch this space for our forthcoming call for initiatives that formalise the carbon capture and storage benefits of regenerative timber buildings – working with sustainable forest supply chains.
If you have a game-changing initiative that fits with the fund priorities or Built by Nature’s broader strategy, please get in touch with our team by submitting the ‘Expression of Interest’ form. If it’s a fit, you will be invited to submit a proposal in our required template. Funding for proposals is decided quarterly.
The next application deadline is June 17th. For more information, refer to the FAQ document.
If you are a team responding to an Open Challenge, you’ll be invited to complete a dedicated form first – the strongest teams and ideas will then be invited to submit a full proposal.
Accelerating the timber building transformation? Our Accelerator Fund is open for applications.