Philip Dunne MP is encouraging small local charities participating in international work to apply for funding through a dedicated scheme from the Department for International Development (DFID).
The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is the first DFID fund designed specifically for small British charities. It provides grants for development organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less working in priority countries to deliver the Global Goals. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of two years or less.
Mr Dunne said: “I know there are small local charities in South Shropshire helping to alleviate poverty overseas and tackle global issues, particularly in Africa. So the Small Charities Challenge Fund could provide a substantial boost to these efforts, and I encourage local eligible charities to consider applying before the deadline on 28th March.”
To date, £2.7million has been committed to 55 small charities delivering a diverse range of projects. These include providing prosthetic limbs to amputees in the Gambia; supporting landless youth to start bee-keeping businesses in Ethiopia and transforming the lives of carers in Bangladesh.
Applications can be made online at www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf/.