Scottish Government International Development Small Grants 2020 Opens

Scottish Government International Development Small Grants 2020 Opens

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The Scottish Government’s 2020 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.  An information day for potential applicants will be held in Edinburgh on 11 September and the closing date is 8 November 2019 at 12 noon.  For more information please see Corra Foundation's website.

The programme is open to Scotland-based organisations with an annual expenditure of less than £250,000. 

The grants are open to organisations working in countries rated as medium or low ratings on the UN Human Development Index, with priority being given to the three countries in the International Development Strategy: Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.  

The Scottish Government's Small Grants Programme was created to help grow the international development sector in Scotland and to support it in helping some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.  It was set up as a pilot but has running now for seven years.  A review of the programme which will explore the extent to which it has met its original objecties, will be undertaken this autumn.

Because of the forthcoming review, the Scottish Government has decided not to award its usual three-year long project grants this time around.  It will instead only allocate up to £300,000 in total this year,  rather than the normal £500,000.  Furthermore, it will only make grants for one year capacity-building or feasibility work.  The good news is that the maximum level of grant available for these is increased from £10,000 to £15,000.

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.”

The grants are open to organisations working in countries rated as medium or low ratings on the UN Human Development Index, with priority being given to the three countries in the International Development Strategy: Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.  

The Alliance is currently running a proposal development workshop series with half-day sessions covering budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and learning, due diligence and putting it all on paper which will be useful for charities who are new to proposal writing.  The Scottish Government is always keen to see organisations new to this programme developing successful applications.   Potential applicants new to this type of funding might well find attendance at our free proposal development workshop sessions helpful.