Funding call for Scottish International Development Organisations

By 2nd August 2018 May 9th, 2019 News, Publications

Scottish Government International Small Grants 2019 Programme Launch

International Development Organisations based in Scotland can now apply for funding through the Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme which opened today.

The programme is specifically intended to accommodate requests for funding from Scottish based organisations with an annual expenditure of less than £250,000. Project grants of up to £60,000 are available for up to a three year period, as well as feasibility and capacity building grants of up to £10,000 for up to one year.

Feasibility and capacity building grants are open to Scottish-based organisations working in any country rated as either medium or low in the United Nations development index and project grants are open to Scottish-based organisations working in our priority countries: Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

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

Europe, Migration and International Development Minister, Ben Macpherson said:

“Projects funded under the Small Grants Programme show our commitment to helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people and enhancing Scotland’s role as a good global citizen.

“Over the last five years, the programme has funded many development projects in our partner countries, enabling Scottish agencies to make an impact and improve people’s lives. This year 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 or those working in partnership with existing projects funded through the Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi funding rounds.

“The programme also offers the chance for organisations to apply for grants to strengthen their safeguarding and governance processes, and I encourage all Scottish-based organisations to consider applying.”

Corra Foundation Chief Executive, Fiona Duncan said:

“It’s a privilege to manage the Small Grants Programme on behalf of Scottish Government, and to work closely with the other partners involved in this fund. Its aims resonate strongly with Corra Foundation’s vision of people creating positive change and enjoying fulfilling lives. The programme demonstrates what a big impact relatively small sums of money can have for local communities, working with Scottish organisations.”

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

“The Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme makes it possible for organisations across Scotland to make a distinct contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in partner countries.  We welcome this new funding round, and applaud the Scottish Government’s commitment to boosting the impact of smaller organisations working out of Scotland.”

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

“We have seen first-hand the positive human impact these grants are having in Malawi.  They are helping transform lives by working through smaller organisations which are often more directly embedded in local communities.  We wholeheartedly support this innovative and effective programme.”

The application closing date is 16th November 2018. Further information on the fund, including the application forms, guidance notes, criteria and FAQs, is available at, via Twitter or by contacting




  1. The Corra Foundation was previously called Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. It became the Corra Foundation from Tuesday 29 August 2017.
  2. Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. We work closely with other charities and funders, communities and policy makers to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Our vision is for a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.
  3. Corra Foundation has over 33 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers, distributing more than £152m through over 15,000 grants to charities.
  4. The Small Grants Programme is administered by Corra Foundation and developed in partnership with Scotland’s International Development Alliance and Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP). It is designed to accommodate smaller funding requests: project grants up to £60,000 are available for over a three-year period. A maximum of £10,000 for feasibility and capacity building grants are also available, to cover a one-year period.
  5. Incorporated not-for-profit organisations which have a presence in Scotland and an annual expenditure of less than £250,000 are eligible to apply, and there are three types of grants available: project, feasibility and capacity building.
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