Grant Opportunities

Open Call for the Wales and Africa Grant Scheme

Open Call for the Wales and Africa Grant Scheme

Deadline: 22-Nov-21

WCVF is seeking applications for the Wales and Africa Small Grants Scheme to meet the current need the communities you work with either through responding to the impact of the pandemic or resuming ‘business as usual’ activity.

The Wales and Africa grants scheme is a grant fund for community groups and organisations throughout Wales who work with partnerships in Sub Saharan Africa.

Projects will be awarded under one of the following four thematic areas:
Projects that contribute to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of communities in Sub Saharan Africa.

Sharing of knowledge and skills between health institutions in Wales and Africa
Supporting healthcare professionals in Africa to access small scale training and support from Wales
Supporting communities in Wales and Africa to access to more equitable, quality healthcare
Lifelong Learning
Projects that support individuals and groups in Wales and/or Africa to develop new skills and knowledge.

Linking communities in Wales with communities in Africa to develop mutual understanding of global development and international issues
Supporting the educational needs of disadvantaged children in Africa and sharing that experience with school pupils in Wales, contributing to their global education
Supporting people in Africa to learn practical/vocational/artistic skills to improve their livelihoods
Climate Change and Environment
Strategic and practical climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives using Welsh expertise.

Projects which enable the use of renewable energy in Africa
Projects engaging people in Wales with climate change issues as they affect Africa
Work aiming to support African partners in implementing sustainable development practices
Sustainable livelihoods
Projects that work to tackle financial poverty – enabling economic resilience in families and supporting small-scale enterprise and employment.

Community-led, income generating cooperatives that have benefit to Wales and Africa
Engaging the Welsh public through Fair Trade campaigns, advocacy or policy
Activities that bring the Welsh consumer closer to the producer in a sustainable way
Support for small-scale Sub Saharan African agricultural projects and grassroots income generating activities
Funding Information
For this funding round there will be two grant streams – small and large.

Small grants between £5,000 – £15,000 are available for projects which are responding to an identified need in the community that works in line with at least one of the grant aims. For further information about the types of projects this may include please refer to the grant themes below. There is £115,000 available for small grants.
Large COVID-19 grants between £30,000 – £200,000 are available for projects responding to a need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be a short-term intervention or action to facilitate recovery and aid resilience in the future. There is £708,000 of additional funding available for large COVID-19 grants.
For the large COVID-19 grants, panel are seeking to award approximately 2 projects with a value of £200,000. However, this is dependent on the quantity and quality of requests received and panel reserve flexibility on the distribution of the available funding.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants will need to ensure that their organisation meets the following criteria:

The lead applicant must be based within Wales
All activities should clearly demonstrate a benefit to Wales
Applications should clearly demonstrate a fit with one or more of the four thematic areas
Applicants with prior experience of delivering grant funded activity from the Wales and Africa Programme should demonstrate the impact of this project and any lessons learned
Individuals cannot apply; however, they may apply through a host organisation, the grant agreement will be held with the organisation and no direct payments will be made from the Wales Africa grant scheme into an individual’s bank account
All relevant purchases to be made with Wales and Africa grant scheme funding will consider ethical and Fair Trade criteria
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