Applications are now open for the Noel Buxton Trust Grant to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy.
Trustees would like to focus their limited funds on economic development rather than service provision. Trustees favour work such as small business support and training, and microfinance in both urban and rural settings.
Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children, and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.
They would also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community based organisations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalised women and men are properly heard and respected.
- The maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years.
- The Trustees fund work in Africa. At present they favour projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme.
- Trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grass-roots organisations and do not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities. The Trustees welcome applications from diaspora led organisations based and registered in the UK.
- The Trust is willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa or UK based charities which might be diaspora organisations based in the UK. Applications need to be made in English.
In addition to their list of general exclusions please note that grants are not made for:
- any work outside the areas listed in ‘Geographical focus’, above
- expeditions, exchanges, holidays, study tours, visits
- HIV/AIDS programmes
- grants are not made to INDIVIDUALS for any purpose
- organisations set up primarily to treat medical conditions, physical disabilities or mental health issues
- schools, including school infrastructure and teaching equipment
For more information, visit http://noelbuxtontrust.org.uk/2012africa.htm#Purposes