New Small Charities Challenge Fund grant announced for agriculture project in Zimbabwe

Categories: Funding announcements, Small Charities
23 November 2020


We are pleased to be able to announce the name of another grassroots charity to benefit from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grants.

This UK-registered organisation, Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (link to charity’s website, in new window), is receiving an SCCF grant of up to £50,000, to help them to address UN Global Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) in particular. 

Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust: Improving rural livelihoods for marginalised agro-pastoralists in north western Zimbabwe

This project aims to improve approaches to subsistence agriculture and evaluate long-term changes to agricultural management in marginalised rural communities in Zimbabwe.

Five predator-proof, mobile enclosures (also known as bomas), will be deployed to improve the protection of livestock from carnivores, as well as improve livestock management practices with veterinary interventions. These enclosures will be rotated between the community farmers.

The project will provide training on improved agricultural techniques and produce a system for reporting and responding to wildlife conflict through a team of Community Guardians.

This will enable the communities to protect their livestock, and therefore income, and enhance their cropping yields to feed their families and sustain themselves.

Beneficiaries with their seeds
A group of beneficiaries with their seed distribution

Small Charities Challenge Fund grants are awarded to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations working to address 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 every six months. 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 to date.