New Funding Opportunities, October 2019 – February 2020

New funding application deadlines for October 2019 to February 2020

New Funding Opportunities, October 2019 – February 2020 

Ending October 2019 

The Paul Hodges Trust

Type of project:  Projects which impacts the following areas; breaking the cycle of poverty for women and girls and positively impacting the environment.   

Location: Ghana, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania or Sierra Leone

Eligibility:  Registered small charities, community or women’s rights originations with an annual turnover of less than £1 million may apply. The Trust prioritises funding for organisations led and run by local people in the focus countries.

Grant size: Up to 3 grants of £10,000 will be awarded for 1-year projects.

Closing date: 11 October 


Comic Relief Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing in Kenya 

Type of project: Proposals should respond to one or both of the programme’s aims and may focus efforts at community, county and/or national level: 1) Tackle stigma and discrimination associated with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities; 2) Improve access to quality mental health services in line with human rights approaches for people living with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities. All proposals should also outline how funds will be used to improve the organisational capacity and resilience of the CSOs and representative groups involved. 

Location: Kenya 

Eligibility: Applications must be led by organisations originating in Kenya with a minimum track record of one year of successful work on mental health issues and a minimum annual income of £75,000. Applications from organisations working in partnership with others, especially with representative groups, are welcomed.  

Grant size: 8 - 12 investments of £100,000 to £750,000 for projects lasting 24 months to 42 months.

Closing date: 18 October 


Ending November 2019 

The Open Technology Fund's Internet Freedom Fund 

Type of project: Projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online. Location: Worldwide Eligibility: Non-profit or Non-government organizations, including U.S.-based NGOs, or foreign NGOs; Non-profit universities or research institutions; for-profit organizations or businesses may all apply. Grant size: Most supported efforts receiving between $50,000 and $200,000. Please note this is a performed based contract with payment issued on completion of stated objectives, activities, and deliverables.

Closing date: 1 November 




Type of project: D-Prize funds new social entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions. D-Prize is funding entrepreneurs to overcome various distribution challenges within the following categories: Girls' Education; Agriculture; Energy; Global Health; Education; Governance and Infrastructure and 'Custom' where you can propose your own challenge. Location: Worldwide

Eligibility: D-Prize challenges are open to anyone or any teams from any business model including for profit, non-profit, and everything in between. 

Grant size: $20,000

Closing date: 10 November 


UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund - Project Grants 

Type of project: Successful applications will clearly show how the project will: reach the most vulnerable or marginalised in society; contribute towards the UN’s Global Goals;   address DFID’s wider strategic objectives;  and support the goals of UK Aid Direct.

Location: Projects are only eligible if they are set up in a country that is ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by DFID. Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria are the exceptions to this rule and are not eligible project countries for SCCF grants.

Eligibility: Grants are available for UK-registered organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

Grant size: £50000 for projects of up to two years.

Closing date: 28 November


UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund - Capacity Development Grants

Type of project: DFID is offering new grants for organisations with the ability to build the capacity of small British charities working in international development. DFID is looking for innovative, evidence-based and ambitious proposals from organisations with a track record of supporting small, grassroot organisations to achieve their ambitions.

Location: Projects are only eligible if they are set up in a country that is ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by DFID. Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria are the exceptions to this rule and are not eligible project countries for SCCF grants.

Eligibility: UK-registered, not-for-profit organisations or Groups of UK registered not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £10 million may apply. 

Grant size: £100,000 for projects of up to two years.

Closing date: 28 November


The Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity

Type of project: Focus areas for the overseas grants are: Education for groups or communities who have limited access to it due to distance, poverty, discrimination, or exclusion; Basic skills and tools to build local assets such as village schools, clinics, wells and sanitation; Basic training in health care, disease prevention, and low-tech and low-cost proven solutions to endemic problems; Sanitation, irrigation, hygiene and access to clean water; Women’s education, economic power, reproductive rights and safer childbirth and microfinance projects aimed at women; Help for marginalised communities e.g. Dalits in India or pastoralists in east Africa.

Location: The developing world.

Eligibility: Registered charities with annual incomes of up to £5m may apply. 

Grant size: £3,000 - £20,000

Closing date: 30 November 


Ending December 2019

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Type of project: Solutions that leverage existing and new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, blockchain and virtual reality to enhance detection and response to online child sexual exploitation and abuse and prevent known and emerging threats. 

Location: Approximately US$10 million of available funds aim to support solutions which will benefit countries eligible for ODA support. The remaining funds (approximately US$3 million) are not subject to this restriction and can support work in non-ODA countries.

Eligibility: There are two funding modalities to this call: (a) project grants and (b) equity-free seed investments. Eligibility is different for both types. For grant funding, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, research institutes and academic institutions may apply. For equity-free seed investments, technology companies working on solutions for the prevention of online child sexual exploitation and abuse may apply. 

Grant size: Up to $750,000 per grant and up to $250,000 per seed investment. 

Closing date: 6 December 


Donald Forrester Trust 

Type of project: Project remit is broad with a focus on the relief of poverty and the advancement of education and religion.

Location: Worldwide

Eligibility: UK registered charities may apply. The trust prefers to support small charities who rely on volunteers. They prefer low fundraising and overhead costs.

Grant size: Average grants are £5,000

Closing date: 31 December (opens 1 October) 


British & Foreign School Society 

Type of project: Maximising education for all: projects which will benefit children and young people suffering from the impact of poverty, community disadvantage, social exclusion, special educational needs which are not adequately met and/or who are living in areas that have suffered from conflict or natural disaster. BFSS would particularly welcome applications for projects designed to address the need for re-establishing and renewing education where the provision of education (including facilities, resources and teacher training) has suffered from conflict, natural disaster or neglect.

Location: UK and Worldwide. Examples of countries where projects have been funded are: Afghanistan, Burma, the DRC, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK and Zambia.

Eligibility: UK charitable organisations including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO); UK schools, colleges or universities with charitable status or which is an "exempt charity". The Funder requires continuous UK accounts for at least three years and can consider proposals for collaborative projects involving international partners and agencies.

Grant size: £3,000 - £40,000 over 1 - 3 years

Closing date: 31 December 


Ending January 2020 

Jean Sainsbury Trust 

Type of project: General running costs associated with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or release of domestic, wild and exotic animals. Charities that bring animals from overseas to the UK will not receive support unless they are also supporting ongoing work in the country of origin. 

Location: Applicants can be working in the UK or overseas.

Eligibility: The Trust favours applications from smaller charities registered in the UK.

Grant size: £1,000 - £10,000

Closing date: 1 January 


Planet Romeo Foundation 

Type of project: Grassroots emerging LGBTI projects and initiatives which seek to achieve societal change in order to improve the position of LGBTI people throughout the world, with an emphasis on the most disadvantaged regions and communities.

Location: Although all geographical regions are eligible, the Foundation gives priority to countries outside the Global North. Within a country, all geographical areas are eligible, but where we can, we give priority to rural and/or more remote areas.

Eligibility: Initiatives of new informal LGBTI groups or organizations with little or no access to other sources of funding may apply. More experienced LGBTI organizations that develop new initiatives for which they have not yet previously received funding and are difficult to fund elsewhere may also apply. 

Grant size: up to €5,000

Closing date: 1 January



The Scurrah Wainwright Trust 

Type of project: The Charity supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on innovative, hard-to-fund work in the field of social reform.

Location: UK and Southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe.

Eligibility: Your organisation does not have to be a charity to apply, but its work must satisfy the Charity Commission's definition of charitable purposes and public benefit. You must have an annual income/expenditure under £250,000. 

Grant size: £1,000 and £5,000.

Closing date: 14 January


The Andrew Wainwright Trust 

Type of project: Projects which seek to redress political and social injustices. The Trust's approach is similar to that of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust with which it maintains informal links.

Location: UK and occasionally overseas

Eligibility: Only unregistered charities may apply which with an annual income of less than £250,000.

Grant size: £1,500 and £10,000

Closing date: 14 January


Ending February 2020 

U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Program

Type of project: Small-scale assistance directly to Zambian community-based organizations as part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. government to support Zambian-driven development activities at the local level. The proposed project should be a single activity that helps to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local level. Projects should be sustainable, long-lived, and benefit the greatest number of people possible. Requests for large-scale agriculture or construction projects or for expensive electronic equipment are less competitive.

Location: Zambia 

Eligibility: Zambian-Registered Community Based Organizations may apply.

Grant size: $500 to a maximum of $15,000

Closing date: 28 February