Apply for Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme!

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Deadline: 28 November 2016
Applications are open for Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme that aim to build capacity and upscale small international development organisations so they have the ability to bid for funding through its International Development Fund (IDF).
The programme supports projects that help some of the world’s poorest countries and fit within the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy (IDP) in terms of how the activities will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) and the alleviation of poverty; taking account of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation outcomes document.
Types of Grants and Funding Information
The Programme is specifically intended to accommodate smaller requests for funding to contribute to current IDP and outcomes and to overarching Scottish Government outcomes. Although there are maximum grant levels in place, it is envisaged that a range of project sizes will be supported through the Programme.
  • Project: Three years, up to £60,000
  • Feasibility: One year, up to £10,000
  • Capacity Building: One year, up to £10,000
Focus Themes
  • Education
  • Health
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Civic Governance and Society
  • Food Security
  • Renewable Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Water
Eligibility Criteria
The Programme is targeted at small international development organisations, and the following eligibility criteria apply:




  • Applicant organisations must satisfy two conditions: 1) they must be established as not for profit and 2) constitute a “legal person”, meaning it is legally constituted and can enter into a contract. Ideally, applicants will be Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“SCIOs”) or companies that have charitable status. Unincorporated organisations, even with charitable status, are not eligible to apply. However, if you are in the process of becoming incorporated you may submit an application by the
  • Closing date of Noon on 28thNovember and, providing that incorporation is in place by 31st December 2016, the application will be accepted for consideration.
  • Applicants must be able to evidence in their application a presence in Scotland;
  • Applicants must have an annual expenditure of £150,000 or less (upper limit in each of  the last 2 years);
  • Organisations applying must have been in existence for a minimum of 12 months at the time of applying and have audited/examined accounts for that year;
  • Applicants may only apply for one type of grant (project grant / feasibility / capacity building grant) in each annual funding call;
  • Applicants may only apply for grants that fit within the Scottish Government’s current ID policy: specifically this means that applications will only be eligible if they relate to: the Scottish Government’s current 7 priority countries (Malawi; Rwanda; Tanzania; Zambia; Pakistan; Bangladesh; and the 3 Indian States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa); and its current priority themes / areas described (mentioned above));
  • Normally applicants may only apply for a project grant where the Scottish Government will be the sole funder of such project; the exception to this is where the application is for joint or match funding, where the funding split may be up to a maximum of 50:50 with another funder, but in that event the other external funder must be identified by the applicant in their application and approved by the Scottish Government as part of the application assessment.
  • The Scottish Government particularly welcomes applications:
  • from currently under-represented groups such as Diaspora;
  • in the area of civic governance , which is currently less well represented under its IDF; and
  • projects which are of themselves innovative or support innovations.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.
For more information, please visit International Development Small Grants Programme.

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