Action Earth programme – grants for groups of volunteers

The Action Earth scheme by Volunteering Matters provides small grants of between £50-250 for local volunteer groups in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering activities.

The funding is for volunteer groups that are creating or improving community gardens or wildflower areas, ponds, woodlands or local green areas.

Local Nature Reserve (LNR) grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on LNRs such as wildlife recording or protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, volunteer groups need to:

  • Implement the project in Scotland;
  • Work on sites that are accessible to the general public
  • Involve at least 15 volunteers who each should give a minimum of five hours.


Applications may be submitted at any time.

How to apply

Applicants need to fill in an online form in order to be emailed a link the grant application form.

For further details and to apply please visit Volunteering Matters.


Internet Freedom Fund

The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is open for applications for its Internet Freedom Fund, a primary way to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centred projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks.

Applications should focus on the following:

  • Creating new open source circumvention technologies that fill a current need of targeted users; 
  • Improving the security, usability, and adaptability of existing open source internet freedom technologies; 
  • Providing new or deeper insights into the challenges of front-line communities that ultimately contribute to the improvement of technological solutions; 
  • Projects that emphasise applied research; 
  • Research that focuses on real-time monitoring and analysis of both technical and political threats to internet freedom, including network interference and shutdowns; 
  • New content redistribution methods able to reintroduce content behind firewalls, or similar services; 
  • Making targeted communities more resilient to digital attacks via customised solutions; 
  • Creating new open source circumvention technologies that fill a current need of targeted users; 
  • Next-generation tools that move beyond traditional “cat-and-mouse” circumvention techniques.

Grant size

Candidates can apply for up to $900,000 and no less than $10,000 for a year long contract.

OTF awards are performance-based contracts signed directly with the applicant. 

Project duration

OTF awards are generally 6 to 18 months in duration.

From time to time, OTF may consider requests to extend existing contracts. 

Eligibility criteria

Ideal applicants are making use of, support, or develop open and accessible technologies promoting human rights and open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks. In addition, ideal applicants meet one or more of the following:

  • Individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors, with the exception that OTF is not able to support applicants within countries that the United States has trade restrictions or export sanctions as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
  • Non-profit organization/non-government organization, including U.S.-based NGO, PIO, or foreign NGO;
  • Non-profit university or research institution in any country;
  • For-profit organization or business in any country;
  • Consortia of multiple people or organizations with one individual or organization designated as the lead applicant;
  • Have demonstrated experience administering successful projects, preferably targeting the requested program area, or similarly challenging program environments where OTF reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations;
  • Ideal applicants should not duplicate or simply add to efforts supported by other USG funding programs;
  • Ideal applicants must not reflect any type of support for any member, affiliate, or representative of a designated terrorist organization, whether or not elected members of government.


Next deadline for concept notes is 1 January 2018.

How to apply

The application process has two stages:

  • Concept note – accepted on a rolling basis, with submission rounds closing every two months
  • Full proposal – if your concept note is accepted, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.

For further details and to apply please visit Open Technology Fund.


Grants for projects focusing on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities and Dementia

The Life Changes Trust is looking to increase understanding about the particular issues that people from certain ‘protected characteristic’ groups may face when they are affected by dementia.

Projects must actively engage people living with dementia or people caring for someone who lives with dementia.

Grant size

The Trust is offering Awards of between £15,000 and £50,000, to be spent over a timescale of up to 2 years (starting from April 2018).


If you are interested in applying for this funding, please contact Graham Hart no later than Thursday 30 November in order to arrange a face to face conversation with a member of the Dementia Programme Team.

How to apply

The application process includes two stages: 

  • Face to face conversation 
  • Short application form and budget sheet which will be completed with a member of the Trust’s Dementia Programme Team.

For further details and to apply please visit the Life Changes Trust.


EuropeAid Call for Proposals: Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSOs-LAs) Thematic Programme in Sierra Leone

The EU is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSOs-LAs) Thematic Programme” to enhance CSOs’ & LAs’ capacities and contributions in governance and development processes in Sierra Leone, strengthening decentralisation and local development processes, and contributing to poverty reduction and the attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in accordance with a Territorial Approach to Local Development (TALD).


The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  1. Improved quality of teaching and learning (primary, junior secondary, vocational) and better access to education for children at risk of marginalisation, specifically girls.
  2. Reinforced democratic governance, improved transparency, inclusiveness and accountable decision-making, including improved participation of citizens in particular strengthening the voice of girls and women.
  3. Increased gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in local development processes as well as in decentralised decision-making and local government.
  4. Enhanced managerial, organisational and technical capacities of Sierra Leonean CSOs and CBOs.
  5. Strengthened administrative and operational capacities of local authorities to carry out their legal mandates, including through collaborative efforts between local authorities.

Size of grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

For CSO applicants:

  • Minimum amount: € 400,000
  • Maximum amount: € 1,200,000

For Local Authorities:

  • Minimum amount: € 500,000
  • Maximum amount: € 1,000,000

The funding rate depends on the type of applicants and its location:

CSOs and Local Authorities from Europe:

  • Minimum percentage: 50 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
  • Maximum percentage: 75% of the total eligible costs of the action (see also Section 2.1.5).

CSOs and Local Authorities from Sierra Leone:

  • Minimum percentage: 50% of the total eligible costs of the action.
  • Maximum percentage: 90% of the total eligible costs of the action

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • be legal persons and
  • be non-profit-making and
  • be specific types of organisations such as: non-governmental organisations, public sector operators, or a consortium thereof and
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in Sierra Leone and
  • be Local Authority or Association of Local Authorities from Sierra Leone or from a Member State of the European Union and
  • Eligible applicants with a nationality other than that of Sierra Leone must act together with at least one Sierra Leonean organisation acting as a co-applicant, and
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity (ies), not acting as an intermediary.
  • for Lot 2; only Local Authorities or Association of Local Authorities from Sierra Leone or from a Member State of the European Union are eligible to apply.


The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.


Actions must take place in Sierra Leone.


The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 19 December 2017 at 19:00 (Brussels time).

How to apply

The application procedure consists of two phases:

  • Concept notes
  • Full applications

In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application. 

For further details please visit EuropeAid.

Needing a grant for core costs? Check out EKCT grants

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust (EKCT) is accepting applications from UK registered charities that aim to  ‘make a difference’. 

Grants will be considered for start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs.

What is funded

EKCT makes grants in the following areas:

  • Care of the Elderly
  • Disability
  • General Welfare
  • Hospices
  • Medical Research (particularly care of sufferers from lesser-known diseases)
  • Reproductive Health (International)
  • Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International)
  • Youth

Grant size

EKCT makes three types of grants:

  • Small Grants of up to £5,000
  • Medium Grants  of between £5,001 – £10,000
  • Large Grants of over £10,000

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant from EKCT, applicants must be UK organisations that have been registered as charities for at least one year. In addition, principal support is given to charities working in the following areas:

  1. Charitable work in the County of Sussex
  2. Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International)
  3. Reproductive Health (International)


The deadline depends on the size of grant desired. Applications for Small Grants may be made at any time of year.

Medium grant applications are accepted four times a year between
the following dates:
4th January – 11th February
18th April – 19th May
10th July – 20th August
9th October – 19th November

Large grant applications are accepted twice a year between the following dates:
4th January – 4th March
10th July – 10th September

How to apply

Applications are completed online and can be found on the ‘Application Forms’ page. For more information, please visit EKCT.