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Genesis Charitable Trust: Grants for Local Sustainable Development

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 19, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 30, 2020
Genesis Charitable Trust logo
Genesis Charitable Trust logo

The Genesis Charitable Trust provides grants for public benefit to help communities within developing countries to improve their standards of living.

The Trust funds projects that provide sustainable, long-term income generation and self-sufficiency, especially those making a demonstrable positive impact on marginalised communities currently beyond the reach of traditional government or market-based solutions.

The Trust takes sustainable income to mean “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

The Trust carefully assesses underlying needs within project countries, and we give priority to projects located in countries where we can best utilise our existing knowledge and business network.

We will only consider applications from organisations that comply with the following eligibility criteria:
1) registered as an organisation in their operating country, or associated with an organisation with a social purpose recorded on an official register in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Singapore;
2) works in a developing country indicated in the eligible country list;
3) addresses the needs of disadvantaged and under-served communities.

Priority will be given to organisations which:
> have a track record in activities that accord with our income-generation priorities;
> can demonstrate a meaningful uplift in income at household level and other positive effects of their interventions;
> are cost-effective in their approach;
> have good governance and financial management;
> engage beneficiaries and people who are local to beneficiaries in management and decision-making;
> plan to achieve sustainability of the social mission after grant funding ends, by developing local resilience and ongoing business models.

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The Genesis Charitable Trust makes grants to help individuals and communities in selected developing countries to improve their standards of living.

The Trust prioritises income-generating projects in selected developing countries.
It actively seeks to support:
a) enterprise development, including support for smallholders, in value chains which support marginalised communities;
b) the improvement of vocational opportunities for marginalised communities, including targeted skills training;
c) more effective and sustainable management of markets in natural capital.

It is exceptional for grant payments to exceed $300,000.

The usual practice is to engage projects for around three years.

We review applications throughout the year, meaning there is no 'deadline'. The Trustees hold grant meetings around five times per year.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 19, 2020
Jul 19, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 20, 2020
Jul 20, 2020

Thanks, Ana.