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OVERSEAS FUNDING – ELIGIBILITY; WHAT WE FUND; HOW TO APPLY

ELIGIBILITY

We fund work in the following countries only: MALAWI, TANZANIA, UGANDA

Please do not apply if you do not work in one or more of these countries

 

We do not fund individuals, only charitable organisations. Our preference is to fund organisations based in the country where the work is to be delivered and, as such, you should be registered as an NGO in that country. 

 

If you are an “in-country” organisation you must be:
 

1.  Registered with one of the following:

i. The Register General (with approval from the Ministry of Justice) – Malawi

ii. The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Etc – Tanzania

iii. The National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organisations – Uganda

2.  Have an annual income (as shown in your most recent accounts) of no more than £250,000 (approximately $275,000)

3.  Have been operating for at least one full year and be able to provide accounts for at least one full year

4.  Have at least three trustees/board members.  Trustees should not be related to each other or to any employees of the organisation

5.  Be able to provide the name and contact details of a previous or current funder who we can contact for a reference

If you are a UK-registered organisation but with a significant presence in-country you must be one of the following:

  • Registered Charity

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

  • Community Interest Company (CIC) (NB must be limited by guarantee, not by shares)

  • Charitable Company (NB you must be registered both as a charity and a company)

  • Excepted Charity (see Excepted charities - GOV.UK for more information on these)

 

And you must also meet the criteria in 2-5 above. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to be able to demonstrate how your work empowers local people/communities to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on your organisation.

WHAT WE FUND

 

Your project must meet at least one of our priorities, which are:

  • Projects which support access to education for women and girls (please note – we will not fund individual bursaries or scholarships)

  • Projects which enable rural and/or displaced communities to become more self-sufficient

 

You can apply for any amount up to a maximum of £5,000 per year and for up to two years.

 

(If you have been previously funded by us you must wait at least 6 months from the date you submitted your final report on your most recent grant before you can apply again.)

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Applications will only be accepted using the online application form. To access the form here you must first complete an eligibility checklist – if you are not eligible you will not be able to open the main form.

 

You can see the key questions asked on the form here (link to a word document). You should aim to complete the form within 6 weeks of starting it as, after this period, it will be erased. We would recommend that you keep a copy of your completed form.

 

Where the form asks for monetary figures (including budgets) please show these in £-sterling.

 

Where possible, we aim to give you a decision within 12 weeks of submitting your complete application. Any grant awarded can only be used to fund items from the date of the decision onwards – we cannot fund work that has already happened, or items already bought. 

 

As part of the assessment process we may wish to speak to you by telephone or Zoom as it helps us get a fuller picture of your proposal and to give you a chance to talk about your work as it is not always easy for you to describe it well on a written form.

 

You will be required to upload certain documents with your application, notably:

 

  • Your most recent full-year accounts

  • A copy of your certificate of registration as an NGO or other charitable organisation

  • Your governing document or articles of association

  • Your safeguarding policy