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

Information

The Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme 2020 has opened, offering organisations working in the field of international development a chance to apply for funding for aspects of their work.

With the intention of supporting smaller organisations, this programme limits eligibility to Scotland-based organisations with an annual expenditure of less than £250,000. This year’s funding opportunity round sees a particular focus by the Scottish Government on building skills and capacity to support future work, with grants of up to £15,000 available for one-year feasibility studies and capacity building initiatives.

These feasibility study and capacity building grants are open to organisations working in any overseas country rated as either medium or low in the United Nations Human Development Index, although priority will be given to those working in one of the three Scottish International Development Strategy Sub-Saharan Africa Partner countries: Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

The funding will support organisations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable people and communities and will contribute to the current International Development Strategy and overarching Scottish Government outcomes.

International Development Minister, Ben Macpherson said:

“The International Small Grants Programme demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people and enhancing Scotland’s role as a good global citizen.

“We would particularly welcome applications from Scottish-based organisations working in any country rated as either medium or low in the United Nations development index, to strengthen their governance and safeguarding policies and procedures especially with our partner countries, Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda

“I strongly encourage all eligible Scottish-based organisations to consider submitting an application for this funding round.”

Corra Foundation Chief Executive, Fiona Duncan said:

“Corra Foundation is delighted to manage the 2020 Small Grants Programme on behalf of Scottish Government. The Programme’s aims of supporting people to create positive change and address challenges, often through relatively small but vibrant organisations, fit well with Corra’s vision and wider work. We are happy to support this new round of grants to connect communities and strengthen capacities for the future.”

Scotland’s International Development Alliance Chief Executive, Jane Salmonson said:

“The Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme makes an incredibly valuable contribution to Scotland’s international achievements.  I recommend all small organisations take a look at the help they could get from a grant, especially if they want to improve their partnership working.  This is a rare chance to get help to improve results by improving policies and procedures in vital areas such as safeguarding and risk management.”

Scotland Malawi Partnership Chief Executive, David Hope-Jones said:

“This innovative grant programme is achieving significant human impact in Malawi.  It harnesses the energy, expertise and efficiency that exists in Scotland’s smaller charities: organisations that too often are excluded from development programmes.  It builds on and supports the 160-year nation-to-nation and people-to-people friendship which Scotland enjoys with Malawi.  We wholeheartedly support this programme.”

Further information on the fund is available at www.corra.scot, via Twitter @corra.scot or by contacting international@corra.scot

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 2020.

Information Sessions

Information Session, 11 September 2019

The Information Session was held on 11 September 2019 at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church.

Slides from the session: https://www.corra.scot/all-slides-sg-2020-info-session-11092019-2/ 

Video footage of key presentations and discussion from the session:

General Introduction

Questions and Answers

These questions on Capacity Building grants address multiple issues, staff and expertise costing limits and in-country partners status, including collaboration with government agencies:

Webinar, 2 October 2019

Corra Foundation collaborated with Scotland’s International Development Alliance in their hosting of an online webinar about what makes a successful application to the Scottish Government International Development Small Grants programme on Wednesday 2 October. The webinar included introductions and inputs from the Alliance, a presentation from Corra and contributions from the Scotland Malawi Partnership, as well as questions from participants and responses.

Information about the webinar and all handouts and presentations are available from: https://www.intdevalliance.scot/events/previous-events/webinar-scottish-government-small-grants.

How to apply

Please scroll down for application forms and guidance.

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

 

Feasibility Study

Feasibility study budget sheet 

Feasibility study grant application form guidance 

Feasibility study grant online application form

Capacity Building

Capacity building budget sheet

Capacity building grant form application guidance 

Capacity building grant online application form

FAQ and Useful Contacts

Please click on the following link to download the International Development Small Grants Q&A.

For guidance on completing the online form please view the International Development Small Grants Hints and Tips document.

 

 

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

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 an end-of-year report due on 30th April (covering the previous April-March) 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.

(All Grants) interim report

 

Project Grants templates

Project grant end of year report template

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.

Scottish Government Malawi Development Programme

Please note: this call is now closed.

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 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 Climate Justice Innovation Fund

 

2019 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.

While the Scottish Government supports other funding opportunities for international projects addressing climate change or promoting environmental protection, the Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF) has a clear focus on innovation.

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 download a copy of the Scottish Government International Development Strategy

Open to any Scotland-based organisation, working in partnership with in-country partner(s), the Scottish Government’s 2019 CJIF closed for applications on the 8th of August. Applications responded to the requirement to support the delivery of climate justice-related projects which field test the feasibility of new methods, technologies or approaches in tackling climate change, or trial new innovations on the path to scale.  (Please see below if you are interested in more detail on the 2019 round.)

The three projects which will be funded through the 2019 round of the Climate Justice Innovation Fund are below:

Organisation: Malawi Fruits

Project: From Plant to Plate – Improving farmer incomes and food security by reducing post-harvest losses

Project description: This project aims to address post-harvest losses in northern Malawi (Mzimba) and generate increased farming profit for women farmers and persons with disabilities through combining training with the establishment of a co-operative-owned and solar-powered cold store.

Total funding: £124,525

 

Organisation: Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Project: Community Advocacy for Sustainable Rural Water Services in Malawi

Project description: This project will empower women, youth and other disenfranchised, vulnerable stakeholders in southern Malawi (Chiradzulu) to hold water service providers to account through awareness raising and training to support engagement and partnership between communities, service providers and regulators, thereby helping ensure the long-term sustainability of rural water supplies.

Total funding: £116,061

 

Organisation: University of Glasgow

Project: Development of sustainable clean cooking facilities to boost resilience to climate change in Malawi

Project description: This project aims to help address deforestation in southern Malawi (Machinga) through delivering a sustainable biofuel production (biogas and biosyngas) and utilisation unit for clean and efficient cooking, manufacturing and maintaining the bioenergy kit in Malawi and attracting attention from local business.

Total funding: £122,583

Information Session

A Climate Justice Innovation Fund information session was held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019. The slides from the session are available here.

A film of the session can be viewed below.

Charlie Goodwin-Smith, Climate Justice Innovation Fund Manager for the Scottish Government, speaks until 11:53. Chrissie Hirst, International Project Manager for Corra Foundation, speaks about Grant Criteria from then till the video's end.

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.

The templates, which will help with completing the online reporting form, 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-Template 

CJIF Final end of grant report