Funding news

We keep this page updated with current funding opportunities for work in Malawi.

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Small Charities Challenge Fund

The Department for International Development’s Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) has re-opened for applications.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is a funding opportunity for small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

There are two grant types on offer:

  • Project grants of up to £50,000 for small charities with an income of £250,000 or less. Please refer to our detailed guidance document before applying. Applications will next be reviewed on November 28.
  • Up to six grants of £100,000 Capacity Development Grants – this is a one-off funding call for applications from organisations who can help DfID to build the capacity of small British charities working in international development.

Grants are available for UK-registered organisations working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised.

This is a rolling funding opportunity whereby applications are reviewed on a six-monthly basis and can be submitted at any stage.

The application process is a one-staged process. All applications must be submitted online via the online portal.

A guidance Q and A session will be run for potential applicants on Thursday, September 26. Details to follow.

The closing date for the next review of project grant proposals is Thursday 28 November 2019 at 5pm GMT.

For full details go to the UK Aid website.

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Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme

The Scottish Government’s 2020 International Development Small Grants Programme is now open for applications with a closing date of 8th November 2019 at noon.

An information event for potential applicants will be held in Edinburgh on the morning of Wednesday, September 11 between 9.30am and noon at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church. Materials and content from the session will all be posted on the Corra website and accessible for those who are not able to participate in person. If you would like to attend the session register here.


The Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme 2020 has opened, offering organisations working in the field of international development a chance to apply for funding for aspects of their work.

With the intention of supporting smaller organisations, this programme limits eligibility to Scotland-based organisations with an annual expenditure of less than £250,000. This year’s funding opportunity round sees a particular focus by the Scottish Government on building skills and capacity to support future work, with grants of up to £15,000 available for one-year feasibility studies and capacity building initiatives.

These feasibility study and capacity building grants are open to organisations working in any overseas country rated as either medium or low in the United Nations Human Development Index, although priority will be given to those working in one of the three Scottish International Development Strategy Sub-Saharan Africa Partner countries: Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

The funding will support organisations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable people and communities and will contribute to the current International Development Strategy and overarching Scottish Government outcomes.

International Development Minister, Ben Macpherson said:

“The International Small Grants Programme demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people and enhancing Scotland’s role as a good global citizen.

We would particularly welcome applications from Scottish-based organisations working in any country rated as either medium or low in the United Nations development index, to strengthen their governance and safeguarding policies and procedures especially with our partner countries, Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

I strongly encourage all eligible Scottish-based organisations to consider submitting an application for this funding round.”

Corra Foundation Chief Executive, Fiona Duncan said:

“Corra Foundation is delighted to manage the 2020 Small Grants Programme on behalf of Scottish Government. The Programme’s aims of supporting people to create positive change and address challenges, often through relatively small but vibrant organisations, fit well with Corra’s vision and wider work. We are happy to support this new round of grants to connect communities and strengthen capacities for the future.”

Scotland’s International Development Alliance Chief Executive, Jane Salmonson said:

“The Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme makes an incredibly valuable contribution to Scotland’s international achievements. I recommend all small organisations take a look at the help they could get from a grant, especially if they want to improve their partnership working. This is a rare chance to get help to improve results by improving policies and procedures in vital areas such as safeguarding and risk management.”

Scotland Malawi Partnership Chief Executive, David Hope-Jones said:

“This innovative grant programme is achieving significant human impact in Malawi. It harnesses the energy, expertise and efficiency that exists in Scotland’s smaller charities: organisations that too often are excluded from development programmes. It builds on and supports the 160-year nation-to-nation and people-to-people friendship which Scotland enjoys with Malawi. We wholeheartedly support this programme.”

The application closing date is midday on 8th November 2019. Further information on the fund, including the application form, guidance notes, criteria and FAQs is available at, via Twitter or by contacting

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UK Aid Match

Update, July 2021: UK Aid Match is not currently accepting new applications.

UK Aid Match has announced a new funding round which will open for application on 20th August 2019.

The latest round of UK Aid Match is calling for proposals from British charities working towards any of the Global Goals, but will also look to support those with a climate and environment focus.

Full application guidance will be available on from 31st July. The application portal will open on 20th August and close on 12th November at 5pm BST.

International Development Minister Baroness Sugg said: “I am proud to announce the opening of the next round of UK Aid Match – the programme which gives the British public a say in how the aid budget is spent. We continue to welcome applications from charities that help us achieve at least one of the Global Goals.

"In particular, we would love to see applications focused on addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate."

“Our previous UK Aid Match appeals have already helped more than 200,000 children to go to primary school globally and provided pregnant women and mothers with nutritional support and antenatal care.

"There is no doubt that doubling the generous donations of the British public will strengthen our efforts to achieve the global goals and reduce the impact of climate change for those who are most at risk.”

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2019 Climate Justice Innovation Funding

Update, July 2021: Applications have now closed.

The Scottish Government’s 2019 Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF) is now open for applications, with a closing date of Friday 9th August at noon.

Projects can apply for up to £125,000 over 16 months for projects beginning on 1st December 2019 and completing on or before 31st March 2021.

The CJIF is open to any Scotland-based organisation, working in partnership with in-country partner(s), to support the delivery of climate justice-related projects which field test the feasibility of new methods, technologies or approaches in tackling climate change, or trial new innovations on the path to scale.

While the Scottish Government supports other funding opportunities for international projects addressing climate change or promoting environmental protection, this CJIF has a clear focus on innovation.

CJIF projects should be delivered in one or more of the Scottish Government’s International Development sub-Saharan partner countries - including Malawi - and must also support the project country’s own development priorities as well as the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice and International Development aims.

If you missed the information day held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 26th June, the slides presented are available here.

For full details as well as access to the information and criteria documents, visit Corra's website.

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British Council grants

Update, July 2021: Applications are now closed.

The British Council has announced up to nine grants of £2,500 each for research into a chosen artistic sector and travel in the Sub-Saharan Africa between April 2019 and March 2020.

Research may take the form of meeting with potential artists and partners; finding out more about your chosen art forms’ ecosystem in a country or countries; gaining an understanding of art trends in Sub-Saharan Africa; meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or curating work in the UK.

Malawi is one of the countries covered under the programme. The grant is open for applications until 8th March 2019 and an announcement will be made on 25th March 2019.

Find out more on the British Council's website.

Comic Relief funding

Check on the Comic Relief website here for funding announcements.


UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund

Update, July 2021: The Small Charities Challenge Fund is currently closed to applications.

DFID’s Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) will support Britain’s small not-for-profit groups to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their projects.

Designed to support grassroots development organisations working on sustained poverty reduction with the most marginalised and most vulnerable communities, grants of up to £50,000 will be available for projects of up to 2 years.

All applicants will need to:

  • register online to apply
  • complete an eligibility assessment
  • complete a full application online

The fund is open for applications on a rolling basis with assessments every 6 months (next deadline 28th March, 17:00 GMT). To find out more CLICK HERE.

Download the information flyer.


Other DFID Malawi grants

There are a number of DFID funds available for work in Malawi. Click here for more information.

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Scottish Government's Climate Justice Innovation Fund

Update, July 2021: Applications are now closed.

The Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF) is open to any Scottish-based organisation, working in partnership with in-country partner(s), to support the delivery of climate justice-related projects which demonstrate innovation in the field.

Projects must be delivered in one of the Scottish Government's partner countries which includes Malawi. Applications can be for up to £100,000 over three years.

Find out more about the Climate Justice Fund here >>

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Scottish Government's Small Grants Programme

Applications are now closed but we expect the next call in this annual programme later in 2019.

The Small Grants Programme is administered by Corra Foundation and developed in partnership with the Scotland’s International Development Alliance and Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP).

It is designed to accommodate smaller funding requests: project grants up to £60,000 are available for over a three year period. A maximum of £10,000 for feasibility and capacity building grants are also available, to cover a one year period.

Read the criteria carefully here >>

Apply here >>

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Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programmes

Update, July 2021: Applications are now closed.

Project funding of up to £300,000 per year for projects lasting up to 4.5 years for 2018-2023. Projects will cover one or more elements of the following list, as provided by the Government of Malawi:

  • Health
  • Civil Society and Governance
  • Education (General and Higher)
  • Sustainable Economic Development (including Renewable Energy)

View the previous recipients of this funding here >>


Wellcome Trust International Funding

The Wellcome Trust offer a wide variety of funding schemes to support individual researchers, teams, resources, seed ideas and places.

They also fund major initiatives in areas which are strategically important, by invitation, but we welcome the opportunity to discuss ideas which might fit with our strategic priorities.

Click here for full details >>


Friends of Malawi Association Funding

Friends of Malawi Association make small grants, normally up to £1,000 to any one organisation in any one year, for a variety of projects in Malawi where they believe their contribution can make a difference.

Grants are usually oriented toward social, educational and healthcare projects but they will consider any project that will improve the welfare of Malawians or further the objectives of the Association.

Click here for full details >>

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Job Creation Revolving Loan Fund (JCRLF) in Malawi

Seeds of Opportunity and Northern Alliance Finance Corporation Ltd are pleased to announce the launch of the Job Creation Revolving Loan Fund (JCRLF).

The JCRLF is a credit facility open to individuals and institutions that require loans and funding for new or existing activities that can simultaneously create jobs and improve community or national climate change mitigation and adaptation in Malawi. Applicants to the JCRLF will receive concessionary credit in the form of repayable grants or low interest loans. Applications can be made at any time and the selection of loans will be made on an on-going basis.

For more information and application forms, please email Dumisani Chirambo.

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The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation

Update, July 2021: Currently postponed.

Major Grants

The major grants programme awards grants in excess of £5,000. The Foundation is unfortunately unable to accept unsolicited requests for the major grants programme.

Small Grants

The small grants programme awards grants to a maximum value of £5,000. The average award is £1,500.

Click here for full details >>

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The Joffe Charitable Trust

The Joffe Charitable Trust (set up by Joel and Vanetta Joffe in 1968) supports development in the developing world, primarily in anglophone sub Saharan Africa.

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Global Innovation Fund

GIF welcomes applicants to propose innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country (or in multiple countries) in the developing world.

Click here for full details