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The Noel Buxton Trust accepting Applications for 2020 Africa Grants

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted September 3, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2021

Purposes of Funding:

1. Trustees would like to focus their limited funds on economic development rather than service provision. Trustees favour work such as small business support and training, and microfinance in both urban and rural settings. Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children, and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.

2. The Trust would welcome applications that enable successful practical solutions to be replicated or that aim to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy. They would also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community based organisations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalised women and men are properly heard and respected

3. Trustees expect to see a strong relationship between the applicant organisation and the community that will benefit from the grant. This is demonstrated when the applicant shows a clear understanding of the economic, environmental and social issues facing the community. Trustees like to see practical ways in which communities will be strengthened by the work they fund and, especially, how women and girls will be empowered.

Your appeal is more likely to be successful if you are able to briefly describe:
a) How you identified the need for your proposal;
b) Your track record in doing related work;
c) How you will know that your project has benefitted, or will benefit, the communities with whom you work;
d) How you ensure the safety of the people you are supporting while you are working with them.

Kindly note that grants are NOT made for:
◾any work outside the priority countries/areas;
◾expeditions, exchanges, holidays, study tours, visits;
◾HIV/AIDS programmes;
◾grants are not made to INDIVIDUALS for any purpose;
◾organisations set up primarily to treat medical conditions, physical disabilities or mental health issues;
◾schools, including school infrastructure and teaching equipment;

Utilize This Offer

The maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years.

◾Trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grass-roots organisations and do not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities. The Trustees welcome applications from diaspora led organisations based and registered in the UK .
◾The Trust is willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa or UK based charities which might be diaspora organisations based in the UK .
◾The Trustees fund work in Africa. At present they favour projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme.

Applications need to be made in English.

Deadline: Ongoing (rolling basis).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 03
Sep 03

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
Sep 04
Sep 04

Thanks, Ana.

Sep 04
Sep 04

Thanks ana

Sep 04
Sep 04

Thank you for sharing, Ana. :)
E. J.