What is it?
The Welsh Government Wales for Africa Grant Scheme will enable community groups and organisations throughout Wales to access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects. Up to £230,000 is available per year, with an annual minimum of £50,000 dedicated to health activities. The first round is now open as of 4 May 2018, with a deadline of 29 June 2018.

How much funding is available?
A funding round for medium grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 will be available from 4 May 2018 to 29 June 2018 for projects that meet scheme criteria. This will be followed by a small grants round in the Summer, for projects between £500 and £4,999. In the Summer there will also be the opportunity to apply for one larger multi-year project valued up to £50,000. The total fund size is £230,000.

Who and what will it fund?
The scheme will be open to organisations with lead partners based in Wales. Project eligibility and assessment will be undertaken by WCVA. Final funding decisions will be made by Welsh Government.

Funding will be allocated under 4 thematic areas:

W4A Ideas - Health (2)

- projects that contribute to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of communities in sub Saharan Africa:

  • Sharing of knowledge and skills between health institutions in Wales and Africa
  • Supporting healthcare professionals in Africa to access small scale training and support from Wales; and
  • Supporting communities in Wales and Africa to access to more equitable, quality healthcare

W4A Ideas - Sustainable Livelihoods (2)

Sustainable Livelihoods 
- projects that work to tackle financial poverty, enabling economic resilience in families and supporting small-scale enterprise and employment:

  • Community-led, income generating cooperatives that have benefit to Wales and Africa
  • Engaging the Welsh public through Fair Trade campaigns, advocacy or policy
  • Activities that bring the Welsh consumer closer to the producer in a sustainable way
  • Support to small scale Sub Saharan African agricultural projects and grassroots income generating activities

W4A Ideas - Life Long Learning (2)

Lifelong Learning 
- projects that support individuals and groups in Wales and/or Africa to develop new skills and knowledge:

  • Linking communities in Wales with communities in Africa to develop mutual understanding of global development and international issues;
  • Supporting the educational needs of disadvantaged children in Africa and sharing that experience with school pupils in Wales, contributing to their global education; and
  • Supporting people in Africa to learn practical/vocational/artistic skills to improve their livelihoods

W4A Ideas - Climate Change And Environment (2)

Climate Change and Environment
- strategic and practical climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives using Welsh expertise:

  • Projects which enable the use of renewable energy in Africa;
  • Projects engaging people in Wales with climate change issues as they affect Africa;
  • Work aiming to support African partners in implementing sustainable development practices.


Please contact walesafricagrants@wcva.org.uk for further enquiries.


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