Special Interest

Please note the following includes all grants of £5,000 or more made since 2012-13 when the Trust was re-named the Frederick Mulder Foundation. Prior to this, it operated on a smaller scale and was known as The Prairie Trust. The Prairie Trust was established in 1986. Grant amounts, including those for current grantees, are shown in our annual accounts and can be downloaded here.   This page is currently being updated.



ALPA secures equitable access to land for those who have a strong desire to enter the fascinating profession of agroecological farming.  By agroecology we refer not only to organic food production, though also to caring for the social and natural environment in which this takes place.  ALPA is active in Transylvania – Romania, in the bio-region between Cluj Napoca (Transylvania’s main city) and the Apuseni National Park.  In Romanian this region is called Țara Calatei, in Hungarian Kalatozeg, and ever more people refer to it as ‘The Golden Circle’, because of it’s high socio-ecological value.  Because our region is home to some of Europe’s highest biodiversity it can serve as a blueprint towards the transition to a climate and people friendly planet.

Website – www.alpa.land

Bowden Pillars

Bowden Pillars Future will serve for the local community and transform it  to a beacon for regenerative agriculture, create an oasis for nature, plant a community forest, and to open up access to the farm, which is on Totnes’s doorstep.

Website – https://www.bowdenpillarsfuture.land/

Global Empowerment Mission

Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) acts as a first responder to vulnerable communities affected by disasters around the world.  GEM is dedicated to restoring hope and opportunity in the lives of those most affected by disasters.  The organisation provides immediate relief, assists communities during the gap period before receiving assistance from other institutions, and engages in long-term recovery efforts with sustainable development practices.  This three-phased approach allows GEM to provide individuals and families with the help they need when they need it most.

Website – https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/

Kalahari Master San Tracker Project

The Kalahari San are genetically the oldest modern people and the art of tracking may be the origin of science, representing a continuous tradition that goes back more than 100 000 years. Their tracking skills are a vital source of information about human evolution. FMF is providing a three year grant to CyberTracker towards its San Master Tracker accreditation project in Namibia and Botswana through which Master Trackers are accredited and equipped to find employment, ensuring that their tracking skills will not die out.

Website – www.cybertracker.org

Keep it Wild

KiW was set up as a Community Interest Company with the objective of purchasing small pockets of land that are wildlife rich oases to hold and maintain in an environmentally friendly way for the benefit of all. The little gems that are vital to local communities and wildlife but overlooked by larger organisations because they are too small or too remote to be cost effective. These little oases are doubly important. They are frequently significant for local people as well as wildlife and they can act as stepping stones between larger sites which might otherwise become isolated and diminish.

Website – https://www.keepitwild.org.uk/

Oxford Process

Oxford Process is a conflict resolution organisation. It works quietly behind the scenes with parties in conflict. They focus on backchannel diplomacy, international mediation training and incubating conflict prevention ideas. Their unique approach combines geopolitical and psychosocial expertise.

Website – https://www.oxfordprocess.com/

Park School

Park School are developing an integrated primary school curriculum to support children to ask and learn about the big questions of our time, such as how can we globally protect the natural environment while improving people’s lives.  They hope to do this in a way that promotes emotional resilience for themselves and empathy for others.

Web site – www.parkschoolonline.com


Playback Theatre Southwest

Playback Theatre Southwest uses the spontaneous, improvisation technique of playback theatre to work with marginalised and disenfranchised groups such as refugees, young carers, victims of domestic abuse and people with mental illnesses. Through its work, PTSW helps these vulnerable groups to gain confidence, insight and skills which enable them to better integrate into society. FMF is supporting the organisation’s work with refugee women and young people in Plymouth.

Website – www.playbacktheatre-sw.co.uk


Sightsavers is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations dedicated to preventing avoidable blindness and promoting equal opportunities for people with disabilities.  They work with local partners in over 30 countries across Africa and Asia, to tackle the main causes of avoidable blindness, including, cataract and blinding neglected tropical diseases. By strengthening existing health systems and building local capacity, they work in a sustainable way to promote lasting change.  Sightsavers is recognised internationally for its high quality work, and is highly rated by independent charity evaluators, such as GiveWell and ImpactMatters.
Website – www.sightsavers.org/

Tsumkwe Soup Kitchen

Based in Tsumkwe Namibia, this project is seeking to reduce TB and Covid rates, and improve nutrition amongst the Ju/Hoansi San people in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy.

Website – The project does not currently have a web site.


Camden Giving

Camden Giving is an independent charity set up to overcome poverty and local inequality. Based on a notion that everyone has something to give, we channel those resources into support for local people, such as foodbanks, community art spaces, winter night shelters and employment activities for vulnerable young people.  Acting on facts, data and hard evidence, we work to deliver people-friendly programmes and address issues such as poverty, exclusion, loneliness, mental ill-health and unemployment, from the grassroots.

Webpage – www.camdengiving.org.uk/

Grant History:

FMF supported Camden Giving between 2019 and 2022

Total funds received £15000

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is a non-profit, nongovernmental human rights organization which defends the rights of people worldwide. The organisation investigates abuses, exposes facts and pressures those with power to respect rights and secure justice. In 2013, FMF made a three year grant towards the work of the Arms Division, in memory of Fred’s father, Eldred Bowman who was killed by a landmine in France in the Second World War.

Website – www.hrw.org

Grant History:

FMF supported Human Rights Watch from 2013 to 2016

Total funds received USD $45,000

Just 4 Kids Law

Just for Kids Law helps young people navigate their way through challenging times: whether they are facing difficulties at school, with their mental health, with the immigration or the youth justice systems, are being denied benefits or are homeless. Support is provided by a team of front line staff which includes lawyers and dedicated youth advocates. In 2014, Fred and the trustees made a grant of £90,000 over three years to cover the cost of the north London advocacy service in memory of their son and brother, Daniel.

Website – www.justforkidslaw.org

Grant History:

FMF supported Just for Kids Law from 2014 to 2016

Total funds received £90,000

Peace Brigades International

Peace Brigades International, UK trains and sends international volunteer observers to areas of conflict and repression to provide unarmed accompaniment to human rights defenders (e.g. lawyers and campaigners) who are at risk of physical violence because of their work. FMF supports the organisation’s core costs.

Website – www.peacebrigades.org.uk

Grant History:

FMF supported PBI between 2014 and 2022

Total funds received £80,800

Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan

FMF donated 23 ceramic works by Picasso to the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in September 2014. The Remai Modern is a new gallery on Saskatoonʼs River Landing which opened in 2017. Fred grew up in Eston, Saskatchewan, and these Picasso works will serve as a bridge between the gallery’s highly important Picasso linocut collection, which Frederick Mulder Limited sold to the Remai in 2013, and the tradition of Saskatchewan art ceramics. The ceramics will be exhibited in a gallery dedicated to Picasso and works of international modernity at the Remai Modern.

Website – https://remaimodern.org/program/collections/picasso-collection

Samaj Seva Niketan

For many years Fred has supported the work of his dear friend, Sister Annie, who sadly died in September 2019.  She was one of the nuns from Samaj Seva Niketan, a charity based in Mumbai which works with people who live in the city’s slums. Fred met her in 1988 on a trip organised by Oxfam and has supported her for subsequent years.

Grant History:

FMF and its predecessor, Prairie Trust have supported Samaj Seva Niketan from 1988 to 2021.

Total funds received since 2012 £25,000

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

SMK runs an annual awards scheme and provides support, information and advice on key areas of effective campaigning. FMF has supported the Foundation since 2014, including providing support for the Environmental Justice Campaigner award and the Best Partnership/Coalition award.

Website – www.smk.org.uk

Grant History:

FMF supported the Sheila McKechnie Foundation from 2014 to 2022.

Total funds received £33,500

Write to Freedom
Write to Freedom was founded in 2008, and supports those in recovery from addiction through mentoring, self-empowerment, wilderness experiences and the power of personal stories.  FMF has supported them to develop and delivery their programme of residentials and mentoring days.
Website – www.writetofreedom.org.uk/

Grant History:

FMF supported Write to Freedom from 2016 to 2019.

Total funds received to date £54,000


Who needs words, when theatre is this expressive? Stupendously good” The Times ★★★★
TWC makes theatre for all ages, and were founded in 2010.   We fuse design, story, puppetry, physicality and music to wake up the imagination, put a fire in people’s bellies, and inspire people to play and make stuff.   We tell epic emotional stories that ask the essential questions of our time with joy and irreverence to better connect people to themselves, each other and the world around them.   As well as shows, we create playful digital and real world opportunities for audiences and artists to develop skills.  We are based in Devon and Cardiff.’   The Foundation supplemented our Box Office and Arts Council income in 2019, to support our engagement with refugees, asylum seekers and deaf children.

Website – no longer active

Grant History:

FMF supported TWC in 2019

Total funds received to date £17,500