Scottish International Development Organisations can now apply for funding through year two of the Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme which has opened today. This will distribute approximately £500,000 to support projects that help some of the world’s poorest countries and fit within the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy.
External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I was proud to announce to the Scottish Parliament earlier this year that in the first year of the Small Grants Programme the Scottish Government funded 11 Scottish organisations to a total value of £431,279. This was the result of close working between the Scottish Government, Corra Foundation, SMP and NIDOS. I look forward to continuing this relationship for year 2 of the Programme.
“The Programme aims to build capacity and upscale small international development organisations so they have the ability to bid for funding through our International Development Fund.”
“I would once again encourage all small International Development organisations to consider applying to the Programme as I know from personal experience the valuable contribution that organisations can make to our partners in our priority countries.”
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “This programme is a great opportunity for smaller International Development Organisations to access funding. This money can fund organisations to look at ways of developing new initiatives, support the delivery of specific projects overseas, or to build the overall capacity of Scottish international development organisations and their partners.”
Eligible projects must have a focus in one of the Scottish Government’s priority countries, contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (and the post-2015 Framework in due course), and the alleviation of poverty and economic growth in the priority countries. These are: Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Indian States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.
Incorporated not-for-profit organisations which have a presence in Scotland and an annual turnover of less than £150,000 are eligible to apply, and there are three types of grants available: project, feasibility and capacity building. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 26th November, with awards being announced in early March 2015.
A list of questions and answers is also on our website and any additional questions can be submitted by emailing the Foundation at.
The Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) and Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) are both organisations which provide information and support for international development organisations.
To help people understand if the work of their organisation fits within this programme and to help them develop strong applications, NIDOS and SMP are running information sessions on the following dates:
17th July – in Edinburgh
22nd July – in Glasgow