The Wales and Africa Grant Scheme now open

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.

Grants Available

Grants are available from £3,000 up to £15,000. If you have a request which falls outside of this grant range, please speak to a team member before completing your request for funding. You can contact WCVA at walesafricagrants@wcva.cymru.

There is £115,000 available for this COVID-19 response grant round.

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.

If you have already completed Safeguarding training with HCA (or equivalent e.g. BOND, SWIDN) over 2 years ago, or want to deepen your learning, please attend the Safeguarding Refresher course which will run online, July 20th 10:00 until 14:00. Link to register here

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.

Timescale & Process for awards

This round will open 12 July, there will be a panel meeting two weeks after opening and then another a week after that. If you have a COVID related request which is urgent, this means you can submit it in time for the first panel meeting to review.

Stage Date Detail
Open for requests 12 July 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
Requests checked for eligibility Ongoing from submission Requests for funding will be reviewed by the WCVA Grant Funds Team and sent as soon as identified as eligible to the Welsh Government Panel for their consideration. If there are points for clarification, WCVA will contact you, this may delay the decision making on your request.
Panel meeting 26 July 2021 Formal approval of those requests which will be funded
Applicants informed 28 July 2021 Grant Offer letters sent to successful requests
Grant payments processed 4 August 2021 Grant payments processed by WCVA Finance Team for payment into group’s accounts 3-5 working days later
Requests checked for eligibility Ongoing from submission Requests for funding will be reviewed by the WCVA Grant Funds Team and sent as soon as identified as eligible to the Welsh Government Panel for their consideration. If there are points for clarification, WCVA will contact you, this may delay the decision making on your request.
Panel meeting 2 August 2021 Formal approval of those requests which will be funded
Applicants informed 4 August 2021 Grant Offer letters sent to successful requests
Grant payments processed 11 August 2021 Grant payments processed by WCVA Finance Team for payment into group’s accounts 3-5 working days later
Cycle Repeats until the funding allocation has been met

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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 including finding partners 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: enquiries@hubcymruafrica.co.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

Application Process

  1. Fund opens for applications
  2. You submit an application form by post or email
  3. Two weeks before application deadline – last chance for eligibility check
  4. Application deadline
  5. Approximately six weeks after deadline – notification of outcome

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 – Code of Conduct

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Equal Opportunities & Environmental Statement

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Wales and Africa – Scheme guidance July 2021

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Wales and Africa – Funding Request Form July 2021

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Wales and Africa Project Profile 2021

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