We keep this page updated with current funding opportunities for work in Malawi.
British Council grants
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.
UK Aid Direct funding
Proposals will need to demonstrate how they address the Global Goals, and those focusing on tackling urban poverty will be particularly welcomed.
Applicant organisations must be based in the UK, or in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI), or in one of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) priority countries. UK based organisations will need to demonstrate how they are working in partnership with an organisation based in the country their project will be operating in.
Full details will be made available from Wednesday 20 February so do check back for this. A guidance webinar will also be be held on Tuesday 26th February at 11.30 – 12.30, with registration in advance required.
Find out more on the UK Aid Direct website >>
Comic Relief funding
Comic Relief has launched a funding opportunity of up to £300,000 focused on ‘community action for early childhood development’.
Funding is available for three to five years. In the UK, they will make investments of up to £150K and up to £300K in Kenya and Malawi with larger investments in some cases.
The applicant organisation must:
- Have a minimum annual income of £250,000 a year in the UK, or £75,000 in Kenya or Malawi.
- Not have an annual income of more than £10 million. This needs to be shown in their most recent annual accounts submitted to the relevant authority.
In addition, Comic Relief aims to fund no more the 40% of an organisation’s future annual income. This limit applies to the overall funding amount for your organisation and includes any funding distributed to partners.
Proposals can be made by single applicants, or by partnerships of two or three organisations that will receive funding (but only one organisation can act as grant holder)
There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for first stage applications will be 12pm GMT on Friday 22nd March 2019.
If the application is shortlisted, they will be given a further six weeks (not seven as previously stated) to submit a full proposal, and the Stage 2 deadline will be 12pm GMT on Friday 31st May.
Stage 2 proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment and, once assessments are completed, the funding decisions will be made by the Comic Relief Trustees by the end of September 2019.
Full details on the Comic Relief website.
UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund
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 27th September). To find out more CLICK HERE.
Download the information flyer here >>
Other DFID Malawi grants
There are a number of DFID funds available for work in Malawi. Click here for more information.
Scottish Government's Climate Justice Innovation Fund
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 >>
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 >>
Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme
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:
- Civil Society and Governance
- Education (General and Higher)
- Sustainable Economic Development (including Renewable Energy)
For a full breakdown of these thematic areas, please read the background information and criteria document here >>
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.
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.
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.
The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation
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.
The small grants programme awards grants to a maximum value of £5,000. The average award is £1,500.
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.