More Small Charities Challenge Fund grant holders announced

Categories: Funding announcements, Small Charities
17 March 2020

We are pleased to be able to announce the names of more grassroots charities to benefit from a UK Department for International Development (DFID) Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grant.

Group of beneficiaries outside a building
Beneficiaries of a project delivered in Ghana by SCCF grant holders’ Legs4Africa

SCCF grants are funds of up to £50,000, designed to help the most marginalised and vulnerable. They are awarded to UK-based organisations addressing the UN Global Goals in the *lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

The following Global Goals (opens in a new window) will be addressed through these projects: Good Health and Well-being (Global Goal 3), Quality Education (Global Goal 4), Gender Equality (Global Goal 5), and Clean Water and Sanitation (Global Goal 6).

Organisations, organised alphabetically by theme

Disability inclusion

Legs4Africa (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): The amputee empowerment project (Ghana)

This 24-month long project will develop peer-led rehabilitation services for amputees in Ghana. Through facilitating amputee support groups, the project will provide a platform that empowers individuals through peer engagement, building confidence, resilience and a sense of community.

Medical Assistance Sierra Leone (link to charity’s website): Improving access to treatment and support for people with epilepsy in Sierra Leone

This project will increase understanding and access to support for people affected by epilepsy in Sierra Leone, with the aim of encouraging thousands of people to come forward for treatment. Three support hubs in Freetown, Kabala and Bo will establish and facilitate peer-support groups for patients and carers in all districts; a schools programme will be created to raise awareness of epilepsy in schools; and hundreds of health workers will be trained to better understand epilepsy and ensure appropriate referrals are made.


Just be a Child (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): Community run libraries and learning centres (Kenya)

This two-year long project aims to inspire children to read, by using books donated in the UK to establish libraries and learning centres in two Kenyan communities. The centres will be built by converting two shipping containers. Volunteer librarians and community teachers will be trained, and a library committee established, to run the centres. With ongoing community engagement, the project also aims to raise awareness of the importance and practical need for reading, literacy and education.

Team Kenya (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): Safe access to quality education for girls in Ndhiwa, western Kenya

This 18-month long project will scale up a holistic school model, trialled at eight schools in Ndhiwa in rural western Kenya, to a further four schools. The project will work with local primary schools and the wider community, to tackle the barriers that prevent girls from accessing quality education. At each partner school, the project will: provide clean drinking water, create school business farms to generate income to sustain the projects, train teachers to tackle the issues of violence towards students and improve the quality of education, provide agricultural training to women in the community, and promote gender equality through mixed gender football teams.

Zambia Orphans Aid (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): Improving the participation and performance of orphans and vulnerable children in education, through community-based psychosocial support (Zambia)

This two-year long, pilot project aims to build the capacity of local partners and will demonstrate how they can improve the participation, performance, and education of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Building the self-esteem and ability of OVC’s to deal with classroom-related anxiety is important and this will be done through a contextualised provision of psychosocial services, improvement of OVC support networks, and by ensuring the most vulnerable are not excluded due to economic barriers.


Palliative Care Works (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): Introducing palliative care provision in four hospital communities in South-East Tanzania

This two-year long project will create multi-disciplinary palliative care teams in four hospitals in two regions of Tanzania. The hospital teams will train other health workers and volunteers to extend the service to the community, thereby improving quality of life and pain control for people with life limiting and terminal disease in South East Tanzania.


Generation for Change and Development (GENCAD) (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): Rural entrepreneurs livelihoods support project (RESULT) (Kenya)

This two-year long project will target vulnerable women in Mandera county Kenya to overcome poverty and adapt to climate change. It will focus on providing them with capital and on building their capacity through training and mentorship by dedicated community-based mentors and project staff. The training provided will build their resilience and enable them to expand their existing businesses or start a new business.


Dolen Cymru, Wales Lesotho Link (link to charity’s website, opens in a new window): Overcoming barriers to handwashing in Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

This 18-month long pilot project focuses on improved hygiene practices – most notably handwashing – of primary school children and community members in the Thaba Tseka district of Lesotho. An environment will be created that is conducive to positive behaviour change, and schools will be supported in planning for and maintaining, water harvesting and hand washing facilities. Teachers will also learn appropriate techniques and tools to improve the teaching practice and deliver engaging lessons on hand washing.

Rotary Club of Kirriemuir: Water and sanitation provision in seven schools in Nepal

The 18-month long project in Nepal will provide toilets and handwashing facilities at seven schools in rural Nepal, all of which will be accessible for teachers and pupils with disabilities.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is an open funding round with applications reviewed six-monthly. The next review date is Thursday 30 April 2020 at 17:00pm (BST) and following that, Thursday 24 September 2020.

Five smiling school girls outside a building
A ‘safe access to quality education for girls in Ndhiwa, in western Kenya’ project by SCCF grant holders’ Team Kenya