FOMA’s Small Grant Program in the UK and Malawi
The Friends of Malawi Association (FOMA) Charitable Trust Fund has announced a call for applications for its small grant program.
Grants are usually oriented toward social, educational and healthcare projects but they will consider any project that will improve the welfare of Malawians or further the objectives of the Association.
What kind of projects do FOMA support?
FOMA make grants to carefully selected small projects in Malawi where they believe their contribution can make a distinctive difference in ways that other bigger charities and organisations may not. Applications from charitable organisations, registered either in the UK or Malawi, are encouraged, particularly from those with connections to FOMA members.
Projects should be community-based and ideally focus on the key target areas of health, education and agriculture or local infrastructure. Projects must promote self-help within the community and have a clear plan for future sustainability and development.
Project proposals may be one of two types:
an application for specific item(s) such as a one-off purchase of equipment financed by a single grant
an application for a specific project activity over a period of time such as construction or renovation of a building
Grants are generally up to £1,000 in any one year to any one organisation. In certain circumstances support may be extended to a greater amount or for longer (although not for more than three consecutive years), subject to project outcomes and review.
FOMA prefers to fund a complete small project or a defined component, such as the purchase of equipment or materials, within a larger project. In general, FOMA does not fund the following:
general project expenditure or day-to-day running costs, meeting expenses, office consumables or airtime
individual education sponsorship (school fees, university fees, training fees)
fixed salaries, meal allowances and travel expenses or other personal payments
any projects that are for the benefit of a single individual or small group of people only
any project that harms the environment or any project that has political associations.
For more information, visit https://www.foma.org.uk/grants/