Funding news

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

2019 Climate Justice Innovation Funding

2019 Climate Justice Innovation Funding

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.

An information day will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 26th June 2019 which you can register for. 

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


British Council grants

British Council grants

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. 


UK Aid Direct funding

UK Aid Direct funding

Applications are now closed.

A new UK Aid Direct funding round will open on Monday 4th March, and applicants will be accepted for both Community Partnership and Impact grants until Wednesday 17th April. 

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.

Find out more on the UK Aid Direct  website >>


Comic Relief funding

Comic Relief funding

Applications are now closed.

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

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund

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 here >>


Other DFID Malawi grants

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

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

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

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:

  • Health
  • 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

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 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 >>


Job Creation Revolving Loan Fund (JCRLF) in Malawi

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 Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation

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 >>


The Joffe Charitable Trust

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.

Click here for full details >>


Global Innovation Fund

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 >>