International Development

Corra Foundation is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage a number of the Scottish Government’s development assistance programmes.

These programmes form part of the Scottish Government’s annual £10million International Development Fund (IDF), whose main aim is to support and empower their partner countries: Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and Pakistan.

Please direct all enquiries to international@corra.scot

Or you can call Chrissie, Project Manager (International), or Lillian, Project Co-ordinator (International), on 0131 444 4020

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 currently closed for the Small Grants Programme. Potential future 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

Criteria

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

The Scottish Government International Small Grants Programme 2019 is now closed. The Scottish Government has announced the awards and more information can be found here (https://www.gov.scot/publications/small-grants-programme-2018-2019/) and from Corra Foundation here (https://www.corra.scot/news/girls-in-malawi-get-digital-lessons/).

Future 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: international@corra.scot

Information sessions and useful contacts

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

admin@intdevalliance.scot

www.intdevalliance.scot

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

info@scotland-malawipartnership.org

www.scotland-malawipartnership.org

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

Please note: Applications are now closed

Results communicated

February/March 2019

Funding announcements

March 2019

Projects start

April 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 copy of your updated budget spreadsheet every 6 months, tracking actual expenditure on your project.
  • A final end of grant report submitted 30 days after your grant end date.

The reports should include 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 of the workplan.

The templates, which must be used for reporting purposes, are available to download here. The templates include guidance notes.

Project Grants templates

Interim progress report template (all grants)

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 year report template

Budget spreadsheet – Feasibility Study

Capacity Building Grant templates

Capacity Building end of year 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.

FAQ

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.

Scottish Government Zambia & Rwanda Development Programmes

Please note: this call is now closed.

International development is a key part of Scotland’s global contribution within the international community. It encompasses Scottish Government’s core values, historical and contemporary, of fairness and equality. It is about Scotland acting as a good global citizen.

Scottish Government has a distinctive development contribution to make, through focusing Scotland’s expertise, being innovative and employing a unique partnership approach, for global good.

As noted in Global Citizenship: Scotland’s International Development Strategy[1] published in December 2016, the international development programme will build upon existing bilateral partnerships with four countries: Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Pakistan.

This funding round relates to projects specifically for work in Zambia and Rwanda and, in order to maximise impact, there will be a focus on specific regions in each country: Central Province, Zambia and Western and Southern Provinces of Rwanda.

In response to sector feedback following the Scottish Government’s Consultation on international development policy in 2016[2], the Scottish Government’s Zambia and Rwanda Development Programmes will operate as a two stage application process.  The first stage of the process will be for interested organisations to submit a concept note which will provide a clear overview of the planned project and demonstrate the impact that the work will have.  From the assessment of the concept notes, successful organisations will be invited to complete a full application form which will require much more detail of the project plans.

[1] http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/4633

[2] http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/9473

Timetable

Closing date for submission of concept notes

4th May 2017

Result of concept notes assessment

1st June 2017

Closing date for full applications

29th June 2017

Announcement of funding

w/c 7th August 2017

Projects start

1st October 2017

Information Session

Information Session – Edinburgh, Thursday 23 March

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe, introduced an information session on the Scottish Government’s new International Development Strategy in Edinburgh on 23rd March 2017.  At the event, Corra Foundation also provided information and advice on the 2017 Zambia & Rwanda funding round.  Copies of the slides shown at the event are available under Guidance & Documentation.

Scottish Government Malawi Development Programme

About Scottish Government Malawi Development Programme

International development is a key part of Scotland’s global contribution within the international community. It encompasses Scottish Government’s core values, historical and contemporary, of fairness and equality. It is about Scotland acting as a good global citizen.

Scottish Government has a distinctive development contribution to make, through focusing Scotland’s expertise, being innovative and employing a unique partnership approach, for global good.

As noted in Global Citizenship: Scotland’s International Development Strategy[1] published in December 2016, the international development programme will build upon existing bilateral partnerships with four countries: Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Pakistan.

This funding round relates to projects specifically for work in Malawi, which would cover one or more elements of the following list, as provided by the Government of Malawi:

  • Health
  • Civil Society and Governance
  • Education (General and Higher Education)
  • Sustainable Economic Development (which includes Renewable Energy)

For a full breakdown of these thematic areas, please read the background information and criteria document.

In response to sector feedback following the Scottish Government’s Consultation on international development policy in 2016[2], the Scottish Government’s Malawi Development Programmes will operate as a two stage application process.  The first stage of the process will be for interested organisations to submit a concept note which will provide a clear overview of the planned project and demonstrate the impact that the work will have.

From the assessment of the concept notes, successful organisations will be invited to complete a full application form which will require much more detail of the project plans.

[1] https://www.gov.scot/publications/global-citizenship-scotlands-international-development-strategy/

[2] http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/9473

Timetable

Closing date for submission of concept notes

26 January 2018

Result of concept notes assessment

W/C 26 March 2018

Closing date for full applications

11 May 2018

Announcement of funding

July 2018

Projects start

01 October 2018

Information Session

An information session was held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29th November from 9.30am – 1.30pm. Powerpoint slides from all of the days presentations can be found here.

If you have any questions following the session, please email international@corra.scot

Scottish Government Climate Justice Innovation Fund

Please note: this funding round has now closed.

2018 Climate Justice Innovation Funding Round

The concept of climate justice is based on a simple and powerful message: the poor and vulnerable at home and overseas are the first to be affected by climate change, and will suffer the worst, yet have done little or nothing to cause the problem.

The negative impact of climate change is felt the most by those who are already vulnerable because of geography, poverty, gender, age, indigenous or minority status, and disability. The concept of climate justice, which links human rights and development, provides a new and progressive policy platform for a sustainable climate agenda.

The Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF) is open to any Scottish-based organisation, working in partnership with in-country partner(s), to support the delivery of climate justice-related projects which demonstrate innovation in the field.  CJIF projects should be delivered in one or more of the Scottish Government’s International Development sub-Saharan partner countries (Malawi, Zambia or Rwanda) and must also support the project country’s own development priorities as well as the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice and International Development aims.

Click here to download a copy of the Scottish Government Climate Justice Policy

Click here to view a copy of the Scottish Government International Development Strategy

Projects can apply for up to £100,000 over three years. There is no lower limit regarding the annual amount projects can apply for, and The Scottish Government particularly welcomes applications:

  • from currently under-represented groups such as diaspora representatives;
  • from small organisations with a turnover of £200k or less
  • from Scottish organisations collaborating to deliver a project

Please refer to the information and criteria document for more information.

The 2019 funding round has now closed.

For details of projects awarded in our 2018 funding round, please click here.

For a list of projects awarded in our 2017 funding round, please click here.

Information for Current Grant Holders

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 report is due every year on 31st October, covering the first 6 months of the reporting year.
  • An end of year progress report is due every year on 30th April (April – March) until project completion.
  • This should be accompanied by an updated budget reporting spreadsheet, due every 6 months on the above dates. This will include details of actual expenditure to date compared with the expenditure detailed within the original application form.
  • A final end of grant report submitted 30 days after your grant end date in Year 3.

The templates, which must be used for reporting purposes, are available to download below. The templates include guidance notes on how to complete each section.

Templates

CJIF Interim narrative report

CJIF End of year narrative report

CJIF Budget reporting spreadsheet

Information Session

A Climate Justice Innovation Fund information session will be held in Edinburgh on the 29th of May 2018.

If you are interested in attending and wish to register for the event, please email the Corra Foundation international@corra.scot

Scottish Government Humanitarian Emergency Fund

Please note: this call is now closed.

The Scottish Government has established the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) to respond to humanitarian crises across the globe. The Fund will be split equally into two funding streams:

  1. Emergencies which lead to a DEC Appeal being triggered; and
  2. Emergencies that do not lead to the trigger of a DEC Appeal

There will be a phased availability of funds and limits on how much is allocated to each emergency to ensure that funds are available throughout the year.

An expert panel, made up of 8-10 leading humanitarian aid organisations in Scotland with expertise in responding to emergencies, will be appointed to advise on and access the fund.

Applications are now invited from potential panel members.  Applications must be made using the relevant application form and evidence provided to show that all aspects of the published criteria have been met.  The panel membership applications will be assessed against the criteria in addition to undergoing a full ‘due diligence’ check.  This assessment process will be carried out by Corra Foundation.

Guidance & Documentation