Tuesday, 14 July 2021 09:03

Small grants scheme opens for international development agencies

Malawi Fruits, one of the businesses helped by the International Development small grants fund

A £500,000 small grants programme fund has been opened by the Scottish Government to help international development agencies advance their work overseas and encourage growth at home.

The programme is open to small Scottish Non-Governmental Organisations to plan, implement or extend programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is administering the scheme, with project grants of up to £60,000 available over a three year period. A maximum of £10,000 for feasibility and capacity building grants is available for a one-year period.

The funding must go to projects in Scotland’s international development priority countries, of Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Indian States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

Since the programme opened in 2013, more than £880,000 has been shared between 26 Scottish organisations.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development, said: “The small grants programme continues to help smaller Scottish-based international development organisations increase their scope and ambitions whilst continuing to deliver assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

“The programme is helping to strengthen the third sector in Scotland and creating more opportunities for Scottish people to get involved in development work overseas.

“I encourage all Scottish-based small international development organisations to consider applying. I know from personal experience the valuable contribution they make to tackling poverty across the world.”

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, added: “The last two years have seen some truly excellent initiatives funded under the small grants programme and it has been particularly interesting to see projects developing from an initial feasibility study grant. The Foundation is delighted that the programme is continuing for a further year and pleased to be managing the grant process on behalf of the Scottish Government.”

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