Deadline: 28-Jul-21

The Welsh Government Wales and Africa Grant Scheme has launched a grant program to enable community groups and organisations throughout Wales access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects.

The Wales and Africa grants scheme is a flagship initiative of the Welsh Government’s Wales and Africa programme.

The scheme enables community groups and organisations in Wales to access funding for small-scale projects that contribute to Wales’ delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and deliver benefits to Wales and Africa.

Thematic Areas

Funding will be allocated under four thematic areas

  • Health – 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Funding Information

  • Grants are available from £3,000 up to £15,000.
  • There is £115,000 available for this COVID-19 response grant round.

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
  • The grants scheme can be accessed by groups in Wales who work in collaboration with African partners to deliver a diverse range of activities, including:
    • Building capacity of small Welsh international development NGOs
    • Promoting international development volunteering
    • Promoting best practice in fair trade and ethical procurement across all sectors
    • Facilitating the work of diaspora communities in Wales to maximise their impact on SDG delivery in their home country.
    • Health projects
    • Projects run for and by people with disabilities
  • Applications are open to constituted organisations in Wales, including:
    • Constituted group
    • Registered charity
    • Community Interest Company
    • Charitable Incorporated Organisation
    • Company limited by guarantee
    • Private limited company
    • Community Council
    • Town Council
    • Local Authority

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