Edge Fund is a member-led funding organisation. We rely on our members for every aspect of Edge Fund's work, from scoring, funding and supporting grassroots groups across the UK and Ireland to the day to day administration of Edge Fund, handled by our Facilitating Group and Staff. Below you can read more about our Facilitating Group and why they're active in Edge Fund. If you want to find out more about the work the Facilitating Group does, or get involved, contact [email protected] or one of the Regional Organisers.
Alastair has been a part of - and supporter of - movements for social and ecological justice since the mid-1990s, focussing in particular on
solidarity with those (in the UK and beyond) who are dismantling extractive industries such as coal, oil and gas. He is excited about the
role music and culture more widely can play in moving on from this broken system. He lives in Bristol, where he works as a community musician and forest school assistant.
I joined the Edge Fund and the Facilitating Group in the midst of the global pandemic. The FG has offered me an opportunity to bring my background in community development, research and philanthropy together in one space to understand how to better resource communities and activists working for systems change and against injustice. I am committed to shifting the power in grant making and am interested in the role decentralized organisations can play in this eco-system.
I’ve been a member of the Facilitating Group since 2017, mainly helping with admin and supporting the Regional Organisers when needed. Outside of Edge Fund I’ve been involved with community development work to challenge inequality and oppression, mostly using participatory research and design. I'm also interested in how organisations and groups can develop processes for working together that support healthier relationships and power dynamics, particularly in terms of how we take care of each other, how decisions get made, and how conflict gets resolved.
Rakesh is an organiser based in the North East of England. He has spent most of his time campaigning on environmental issues, increasingly becoming aware of the inequalities for People of Colour within the movement and is vocal about these whenever he gets the opportunity.
I lived in communes in the 70’s, and initiated 2 wholefood co-operatives. I have worked as a consultant and trainer in the voluntary sector. I also call myself a wealth activist, because for 40 years I have been bringing together people with wealth to cooperate over giving grants to radical causes. For me the Edge Fund crucially enables decisions about its grants to be made by grassroots activists. My contribution to Edge is currently as Treasurer and member of the Facilitating Group.