New Small Charities Challenge Fund grant holders working in livelihoods announced.

Categories: Funding announcements, Small Charities
29 October 2020


We are pleased to be able to announce the names of more grassroots charities to benefit from a UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grant.

These UK-registered organisations, Generation for Change and Development (GENCAD), Lyra in Africa, MPS and Raising Futures Kenya will all receive SCCF grants of up to £50,000, to help them to address UN Global Goals 1 (No Poverty) and 8 (Decent work and economic growth) in particular.  

Projects, organised alphabetically by charity name

Generation for Change and Development: Rural entrepreneurs livelihoods support project – 2

This is the second Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grant for the London-based charity, supporting the delivery of a two-year project aimed at reaching vulnerable women in Mandera county Kenya and helping them to overcome poverty and adapt to climate change.

The project will adopt a poverty graduation model to economically empower ultra-poor women in five neighbourhoods of Mandera Town. A comprehensive programme of packaged support for these women will be introduced, including the provision of initial capital, basic business skills training, a two-year mentorship programme, and support towards forming savings and loan groups.

Beneficiaries in Mandera Town with their goats

Lyra in Africa: Empowering rural youth and marginalised groups to create sustainable livelihoods

An SCCF grant will be helping this organisation to enable rural and vulnerable young people living on less than $1.90 a day in Iringa Region, Tanzania, to increase their income by joining Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) and starting innovative enterprises.

The VSLA model aims to increase the income of participants, empower women, and enable families to pay for housing, education, and to invest in agriculture and micro-enterprises.

Rural youth will be upskilled to become trainers in their communities. They will then support youth between 15 and 28 years of age in business, entrepreneurship and digital technology skills, creating economically active communities while harnessing the energy and talents of young people.

A young beneficiary feeding his chickens

MPS: Mbedza Projects Support Stove project

Through this grassroots organisation’s second SCCF grant, they hope to support a change in cooking practices in 17 rural villages in Malawi.

The project will provide targeted households with a fuel-efficient Esperanza stove, saving households significant time and money associated with cooking. This will allow women to spend more time engaging with other economic and social activities that will further improve livelihoods.

A woman beneficiary with her Esperanza stove

Raising Futures Kenya: Holistic skills training, mental health and business support for marginalised young people in Kenya

With this grant, Sheffield-based charity Raising Futures Kenya are upscaling a previously successful pilot project.   

They are supporting marginalised young people in Kenya with their 12-month livelihoods training and personal development programme. The programme will include financial literacy and skills-based training in areas like dressmaking, carpentry, and joinery. Support will also be provided to establish group savings initiatives.

A photograph showing young people in chefs uniform
A group of young people in Kenya wearing their Chef uniforms

Small Charities Challenge Fund grants are awarded to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations addressing the UN Global Goals and working in the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries the UK government considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is an open funding round with applications reviewed six-monthly. The next review date is Thursday 25 March 2021 at 17:00pm (BST).

You can download the latest guidance information from the SCCF application page and see what other organisations have received SCCF funding.