International Development Small Grants Programme

Scottish International Development Organisations can now apply for funding through year three of the Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme. This will distribute approximately £500,000 in 2016 to support projects that help some of the world’s poorest countries and fit within the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy.

Eligible projects must be focused in one of the Scottish Government’s priority countries, contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (and the post-2015 Framework in due course), and the alleviation of poverty and economic growth in the priority countries. These are: Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Indian States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

Incorporated not-for-profit organisations which have a presence in Scotland and an annual turnover of less than £150,000 are eligible to apply. The Programme is specifically intended to accommodate smaller requests for funding to contribute to current International Development policy and outcomes and to overarching Scottish Government outcomes. Therefore, although there are maximum grant levels in place, it is envisaged that a range of project sizes will be supported through the Programme.

The Scottish Government recognise that there are some small organisations which would wish to apply to the Programme, but do not currently meet the criteria of being incorporated. In recognition of this, and to assist these organisations, the Scottish Government has announced that organisations in the process of becoming unincorporated may apply for funding from the Small Grants Programme, on condition that they will have become an incorporated organisation (e.g. either by becoming a Company limited by guarantee, a community interest company or a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) by 31st December 2015.
There are three types of grants available: Project, Feasibility and Capacity Building. Applicants may only apply for one type of grant in each funding year.


Humza Yousaf has confirmed awards under the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme for 2016/17 during a visit to The Turing Trust in Edinburgh today (Wednesday 9th March). The Minister will be joined by James Turing, Alan Turing's great-nephew.

The Minister for Europe and International Development has announced that 14 Scottish based organisations will receive funding totalling £464,774.

Scottish-based organisations benefitting from this funding will work in Bangladesh, India, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia in a wide range of areas from integrating health care improvements for disabled children, to ensuring access for small scale pond aquaculture fish farmers.

Mr Yousaf said:

“The Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme helps some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It also provides support to Scottish organisations to help them continue to be good global citizens.

“Today’s funding, which is worth £464,774, will improve the prospects of people in many of our priority countries, including Malawi. This latest round of funding brings the total amount invested, via the Small Grants programme, to more than one million pounds.”

The Turing Trust, which will receive £60,000, aims to promote education by bringing essential learning resources to rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa. It was set up by Alan Turing’s family in 2009 in honour of his remarkable legacy. Today they’re keeping Alan’s legacy alive by providing quality technology and IT training to schools in Malawi, Ghana & Kenya.

James Turing said:

“The Turing Trust is helping make students in rural Africa more employable. By outfitting schools with refurbished IT equipment from the UK and providing teacher training, we can give students a chance to break out of the rural poverty cycle through teaching IT and vocational skills. In refurbishing PCs in Edinburgh we are also helping volunteers at home in doing well, by doing good.

“The £60,000 funding boost from the Scottish Government’s Small Grants Fund will help us to create a customised e-library to complement the provision of community ICT hubs in 200 rural schools in Malawi.”

Chair, Network of International Development Organisation of Scotland (NIDOS), Jamie Morrison, said:

“NIDOS is delighted with today’s announcement from the Scottish Government on the awarding of nearly £465,000 to Scottish organisations working globally in some of the most disadvantaged communities.

“Small organisations are often uniquely well placed to respond to distinct community needs, and there’s recognition of their valuable contribution to poverty alleviation and economic growth is warmly welcomed.”

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, which administers the programme for Scottish Government, said:

“The Foundation was delighted to support the Scottish Government in delivering this third year of the small grants programme. It was particularly good to see such a wide range of interesting and exciting projects planned for delivery by organisations previously supported under the programme, as well as by new applicants.”

Full announcement available here.pdf

Information & Guidance
You may find it helpful to look at all the questions we have been asked about this programme and our responses: 2016 Q A.pdf

If you have any enquiries that are not addressed in the Q&A document or the application guidance notes, then you may submit questions by emailing, giving a contact email address and telephone number.

The Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) and Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) are both organisations which provide information and support for international development organisations. NIDOS and SMP may also be able to provide advice on becoming incorporated.

Information Sessions
To help people understand if the work of their organisation fits within this programme and to help them develop strong applications, NIDOS and SMP will be running information sessions. The three sessions will be held on

Glasgow Monday 24th August 2015
Edinburgh Wednesday, 26th August 2015
Aberdeen Monday, 31st August 2015

For further information please use the follwoing links

NIDOS - Small Grants Information Session
Scotland-Malawi Partnership - Small Grants Information Session

Scottish Government International Small Grants Programme 2014 & 2015
To see a full list of the 2014 awards click on Awards made through Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Fund in 2014.pdf

To see a full list of 2015 Awards click onAwards made through Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Fund in 2015.pdf

Current Grant Recipients
Current grant recipients need to submit a report twice a year.

There is one template for the interim progress report which can be used regardless of the type of grant. This report is due mid-financial year:

Interim progress report template.doc

For end of year reports there are individual templates for each of the three grant types. The budget template can be used for reporting on all grants:

Capacity building end of year report template.doc
Feasibility study end of year report template.doc
Project grant end of year report template.doc
End of year report - Budget Spreadsheet-.xlsx