Trustees would like to focus their limited funds on economic development rather than service provision. Trustees favor work such as small business support and training, and microfinance in both urban and rural settings. Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.
The Trust would welcome applications that enable successful practical solutions to be replicated or that aim to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy. They would also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community-based organizations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalized women and men are properly heard and respected.
The criteria used to assess appeals
Trustees expect to see a strong relationship between the applicant organization and the community that will benefit from the grant. This is demonstrated when the applicant shows a clear understanding of the economic, environmental, and social issues facing the community. Trustees like to see practical ways in which communities will be strengthened by the work they fund and, especially, how women and girls will be empowered.
Your appeal is more likely to be successful if you are able to briefly describe:
- How you identify the need for your proposal
- Your track record in doing related work
- How you will know that your project has benefitted, or will benefit, the communities with whom you work
- How do you ensure the safety of the people you are supporting while you are working with them
- You will need to show that you have been operating as a registered organization for more than three years
- It is very helpful to let us know about the other organizations that are funding your current work.
- It is very helpful to let us know your website address as we use online searches to verify your application.
- Trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grassroots organizations and do not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities. The Trustees welcome applications from diaspora-led organizations based and registered in the UK.
- The Trust is willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organizations in Africa or UK-based charities which might be diaspora organizations based in the UK.
- The Trustees fund work in Africa. At present, they favor projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, and South Sudan. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme.
- The maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years.