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About Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme

In 2013 the Scottish Government launched a pilot of the international development Small Grants Programme, which is specifically designed to support the work of small international NGOs in Scotland, many which may not be in a position to access funding through the Scottish Government’s larger mainstream funding rounds. The Programme aims to help grow the international development sector in Scotland whilst enabling them to support and develop some of the world’s most vulnerable communities through local partners. Grants of up to £60,000 are made available for projects lasting up to three years, and £10,000 for feasibility studies and capacity building work lasting up to one year.

The Small Grants Programme is reviewed annually and has continued beyond the initial pilot.  The programme now supports a range of projects and activities.

Applications are now invited for the 2019 Small Grants Programme and potential applicants are asked to read the criteria document and guidance notes prior to making an application.

Please click here for details of recent funding awards


Background Information and Criteria for the Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme is now available and should be read carefully prior to making an application. International Small Grants Criteria 2019.

How to apply

How to apply

The Scottish Government International Small Grants Programme 2019 is now open, with a closing date of 16th November 2018. All applications which meet criteria will be assessed by Corra Foundation. The Scottish Government will announce the awards in February/March 2019.

Applications must be submitted on the relevant application form and applicants are encouraged to read the criteria and guidance notes prior to applying.

Please scroll down to access the application pack for application forms, guidance and criteria.

If you have any questions about the programme that are not addressed in the criteria document, guidance notes or FAQs please get in touch by emailing:

Information sessions and useful contacts

An International Small Grants Programme information session will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 7th September 2018 from 10:00 a.m. If you would like to attend the session, please register on eventbrite.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance (formerly NIDOS) and Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) both provide information and support for international development organisations. Their contact details are:

Scotland’s International Development Alliance

Scotland Malawi Partnership (for organisations with an interest in Malawi):

Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study Guidance Notes

Feasibility Study Application

Feasibility Budget sheet

Capacity Building

Capacity Building Guidance notes

Capacity Building Grant Application

Capacity Building Budget sheet

Project Grant

Project Grant Guidance Notes

Project Grant Application

Project Grant Budget sheet

Project Grant Monitoring Framework

Closing date for applicationsResults communicatedFunding announcementsProjects start
16th November 2018February/March 2019March 2019April 2019

Information for Current Grantholders

Reporting Arrangements

A condition of the grant is that the Grantee shall keep the Scottish Ministers, via Corra Foundation, fully informed of the progress of the project. The requirement is to provide:

  • An interim progress report due on 31st October (covering April – September) and 30th April (covering October – March) every 6 months until project completion.
  • A final end of grant report submitted 30 days after your grant end date.

The reports should include a copy of your updated budget spreadsheet with details of actual expenditure to date compared with the expenditure detailed within the original application form; details of the progress made in relation to achieving the outcomes as described within the application form; and information regarding the progress against the work plan.

The reports are now available as online forms and a link to the report will be sent out before the report due date. The templates, available to download below, can be used to draft reports prior to inputting into the online report. The templates include guidance notes on how to complete each section.

Interim progress report template (all grants)

Project Grants templates

Project grant end of year report template

Project grant end of grant report template

Budget spreadsheet – Project Grant

Feasibility Study templates 

Feasibility Study end of grant report template

Budget spreadsheet – Feasibility Study

Capacity Building Grant templates

Capacity Building end of grant report template

Budget spreadsheet – Capacity Building

Changes to Grants

We appreciate that things can change throughout the duration of a project however it is important that you keep the Foundation informed of any significant changes promptly and not wait until the next reporting period. Some changes can be approved by the Foundation but major revisions may be subject to the written agreement of the Scottish Ministers, via Corra Foundation.

In particular, any budget variances should be reported to the Corra Foundation as soon as possible.


Please click on the following link to download the International Development Small Grants Q&A, listed in order of:

  • General Eligibility Criteria
  • Partnerships
  • Application Criteria
  • Project Costings

This document summarises the changes and updates made to the FAQ document in 2019.

Click the links below for slides from our September 2018 info day.