The Wales and Africa Grant Scheme will be open 01 November 2021.

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The Wales and Africa grants scheme is a grant fund for community groups and organisations throughout Wales who work with partnerships in Sub Saharan Africa.

The ongoing global effects on the COVID-19 outbreak are being felt differently worldwide. With the varying needs of partnerships in mind, the Wales and Africa Small Grants Scheme welcomes requests which meets the current need the communities you work with either through responding to the impact of the pandemic or resuming ‘business as usual’ activity.

Travel update

Welsh Government guidance on international travel has recently changed, and as such, the Wales Africa Grant Scheme can now once again fund activities which require international travel. Whilst we seek to be as flexible as possible, caution should be exercised in planning for activity involving travel; including purchase of flexible travel tickets where possible and ensuring the appropriate level of insurance cover is obtained.  

Should advice change and travel restrictions resume, any organisation or volunteer acting as part of a Wales Africa funded project should adhere to the guidance immediately. Any costs incurred as a result of not following guidance will not be reimbursed through the scheme. Quarantine costs will not be an eligible expenditure of a Wales Africa funded project.  

Grants Available

For this funding round there will be two grant streams – small and large.

  • Small grants between £5,000 – £15,000 are available for projects which are responding to an identified need in the community that works in line with at least one of the grant aims. For further information about the types of projects this may include please refer to the grant themes below. There is £115,000 available for small grants.
  • Large COVID-19 grants between £30,000 – £200,000 are available for projects responding to a need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be a short-term intervention or action to facilitate recovery and aid resilience in the future. There is £708,000 of additional funding available for large COVID-19 grants.

For the large COVID-19 grants, panel are seeking to award approximately 2 projects with a value of £200,000. However, this is dependent on the quantity and quality of requests received and panel reserve flexibility on the distribution of the available funding.

TIMESCALE & PROCESS FOR AWARDS

Stage Date Detail
Grant scheme open for requests 01 November 2021 The process for funding requests is live on the WCVA website. All requests to be made on the downloadable application form and returned to walesafricagrants@wcva.cymru
First deadline for submissions 22 November 2021 Applications should be submitted by this date to be reviewed by the first panel meeting. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the second panel meeting.
Panel meeting 1 24 November 2021 Formal approval of requests which will be funded.
Applicants informed 01 December 2021 Grant offer letters sent to successful requests.
Final deadline for submissions 16 January 2022 Requests received after this date will not be reviewed.
Panel meeting 2 09 February 2022 Formal approval of requests which will be funded.
Applicants informed 16 February 2022 Grant offer letters sent to successful requests.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding considerations will form a part of the assessment process, we encourage you to join Hub Cymru Africa’s training, to help you identify all safeguarding considerations before you submit an application. However, if this is not possible, all grant recipients will be required to attend training upon grant award.

The next Safeguarding Essentials course will run online Wednesday 12 January 10.00 am- 2.30pm 2022.

The training is for people who have not yet completed a Safeguarding training with Hub Cymru Africa (or equivalent from BOND, SWIDN), or who have completed a training more than 2 years ago and want to refresh their knowledge.

A Safeguarding Surgery for 1:1 support with your safeguarding practice is offered with Hub Cymru Africa and WCVA on Tuesday 14th December. Email advice@hubcymruafrica.org.uk to book a place.

Further Sources of Support

For general queries on the request process please email walesafricagrants@wcva.cymru or call 0300 111 0124.

For support on the development of your request please contact enquiries@hubcymruafrica.org.uk.

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Who we’ve funded

Here’s a list of successful grant scheme applicants:

Round 5 Wales Africa awardees

Round 6 Wales Africa awardees

Welsh Government Wales and Africa Grant Scheme

What is it?

The Welsh Government Wales and Africa Grant Scheme will enable community groups and organisations throughout Wales to access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects. Up to £230,000 is available per year, with an annual minimum of £50,000 dedicated to health activities.

Hub Cymru Africa

Hub Cymru Africa can assist with project support and development and ensuring you have all the correct supporting documents in place for your organisation. They are also able to assist in looking for funding from other funding streams for projects linking Wales and Africa.

You can contact the Hub Cymru Development and Support Team at: advice@hubcymruafrica.org.uk

Themes

Funding will be allocated under four thematic areas

Health – projects that contribute to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of communities in Sub Saharan Africa.

  • Sharing of knowledge and skills between health institutions in Wales and Africa
  • Supporting healthcare professionals in Africa to access small scale training and support from Wales
  • Supporting communities in Wales and Africa to access to more equitable, quality healthcare

Sustainable livelihoods – projects that work to tackle financial poverty – enabling economic resilience in families and supporting small-scale enterprise and employment.

  • Community-led, income generating cooperatives that have benefit to Wales and Africa
  • Engaging the Welsh public through Fair Trade campaigns, advocacy or policy
  • Activities that bring the Welsh consumer closer to the producer in a sustainable way
  • Support for small-scale Sub Saharan African agricultural projects and grassroots income generating activities

Lifelong learning – projects that support individuals and groups in Wales and/or Africa to develop new skills and knowledge.

  • Linking communities in Wales with communities in Africa to develop mutual understanding of global development and international issues
  • Supporting the educational needs of disadvantaged children in Africa and sharing that experience with school pupils in Wales, contributing to their global education
  • Supporting people in Africa to learn practical/vocational/artistic skills to improve their livelihoods

Climate Change and Environment – strategic and practical climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives using Welsh expertise.

  • Projects which enable the use of renewable energy in Africa
  • Projects engaging people in Wales with climate change issues as they affect Africa
  • Work aiming to support African partners in implementing sustainable development practices

If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on the Welsh Government Wales and Africa Grant Scheme please email walesafricagrants@wcva.cymru.

Downloads

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Wales and Africa – Scheme Guidance November 2021 V2

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Wales and Africa – Funding Request Form Nov 2021

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Wales and Africa – Code of Conduct

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Equal Opportunities & Environmental Statement

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Wales and Africa Project Profile 2021

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