Most of Transition Network’s work is funded by grants from Charitable Trusts and Foundations, or by donations.  We also generate some income from books, films, events, training and fees for talks and presentations.  We are very grateful indeed for the vision and generosity of the following funders:

  • Our largest funder, a Foundation who wish to remain anonymous, to whom we are incredibly grateful for enabling us to support and stimulate a wealth of work around the world. They have again been visionary in agreeing a new three-year grant programme from 2018, to nurture collaboration, amplify and support Transition internationally.
  • The Tudor Trust: for a grant from January 2016, with a one year further grant in 2019, to enable us to work on organisational development, to help us explore the next phase of Transition Network’s evolution, which has made all the difference in enabling our shift to shared governance.
  • KR Foundation for very significant grants to Transition Network and the Transition Hubs group to start the Municipalities in Transition project, and again to take this project to a next stage of scaling up, out and deep.  KR Foundation are also funding work in 2019-2020 to convene practitioners and experts to share and find new ways to support the municipal level response to climate and ecological crises.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio, for a development grant in 2019 to co-design a proposal for work to strengthen regional connecting and peer support for Transition community groups in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Open Society Initiative for Europe, for an exciting grant in 2019 to develop the Municipalities in Transition project, with a particular focus on Spain or Italy.
  • Roger Ross of Lots Road Auctions for his long-standing and wonderful core funding support, which helped every area of our work, and which has concluded after 11 generous years.
  • Hugely appreciated donations from a Network for Social Change individual member.

We would also like to honour previous support from funders and donors who have ensured that Transition Network could continue and develop our work:

  • V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
  • Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme
  • Friends Provident Foundation
  • Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
  • Pete Yeo, through the Rainmaker Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • The Roddick Foundation
  • The Primrose Hill Trust
  • The Bromley Trust
  • The European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize
  • Ashoka
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • John Ellerman Foundation
  • The Marmot Charitable Trust
  • The Holly Hill Trust
  • Artists Project Earth
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • The Nominet Trust
  • Lush Charity Pot
  • Good Energy
  • The Keep the Land Foundation
  • The Prairie Trust
  • Anna Hughes

Other anonymous donors to whom we are very grateful.




There are many organisations that Transition Network works with in a constructive spirit of partnership.  We are members of two formal partnerships which help us share learning and information, collaborate, and make useful connections with researchers:


  • We are a founding member who is helping to shape and develop the ECOLISE network (the European Network for Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability, see photo below). The members of ECOLISE include international, national and sometimes regional networks of community-based initiatives, drawing from the Ecovillage, Permaculture and Transition movements.  The ECOLISE membership also includes other bodies engaged at a European level in research, training, communications or other activities designed to support community-based action on climate change and sustainability. By bringing these organisations together, ECOLISE seeks to establish a common Europe-wide agenda and a platform for collective action.

ECOLISE members are currently collaborating around 3 broad areas of activity:

  1. Raising the profile of community-based action on climate change and sustainability in Europe;
  2. Facilitating exchange, cooperation and knowledge development and sharing among stakeholders across Europe;
  3. Strengthening the collective influence of its members in EU policy making.


  • Transition Network is a member of the Post-Growth Alliance, a group of over 40 organisations around the world, which has a combined social media reach of over 2.5 million, rising daily.
2016 ECOLISE General Assembly