New round of Wales and Africa COVID-19 funding to open in February

New round of Wales and Africa COVID-19 funding to open in February

Published : 25/01/21 | Categories: Funding |

An additional round of the Wales and Africa Grant Scheme will focus on projects that help partnerships adapt for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ongoing global effects on the COVID-19 outbreak are being felt differently worldwide. As Wales’ flagship grant programme for the Wales and Africa initiative, the Wales and Africa Small Grants Scheme will fund groups to work with their African Partners to adopt new ways of working as a partnership and to alleviate impacts currently being experienced by African partners.

This funding is not for ‘business as usual’ projects. This is an additional round of funding for 2020-21 specifically in response to the need for Wales and Africa partnerships to work together remotely and adapt to digital ways of working.

The round will open on 2 February 2021.

This grant round has been designed for the circumstances we find ourselves operating in, the application form has been simplified and if there are any clarifications required, you will be contacted.


Grant will be 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

There is £100,000 available for this COVID-19 response grant round.


  • Assist African partners in adaptation to the effects of covid-19
  • Encourage stringent health & safety practices
  • Digital adaptation to partnership working
  • Make contributions to the following themes of the Wales and Africa grants scheme
  • Health
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Lifelong Learning

It must be emphasised that this is a grant funding round in response to a global crisis, requests for funding will need to strongly demonstrate the impact they will make for their African partner in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant allocations should be spent by January 2022, although it is anticipated that most of the grant allocations will be for immediate activity.

Requests for funding will be assessed on a rolling basis until all £100,000 has been allocated. It is expected the demand for funding will be high, so it is encouraged that groups submit applications in a timely manner due to the limited funding available. 

A comprehensive guidance document will be available on the Wales and Africa grant pages which will provide further information about grant aims, eligibility, and timeframes.


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