New Small Charities Challenge Fund grant holders working in Kenya and Zimbabwe have been announced

Categories: Funding announcements, Small Charities
02 November 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.

International Lawyers Project and Zimbabwe Educational Trust will receive SCCF grants of up to £50,000, to help them to address UN Global Goals 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) in particular.  

International Lawyers Project: Empowering Maasai communities impacted by green energy investments to negotiate for their rights

This project aims to provide the Maasai community in the Olkaria area, Kenya, with the knowledge, skills and resources to champion their rights and become equal partners in negotiations around natural resources.

Local people from three Maasia villages will be provided with legal advice and activities to help reduce the risks to their livelihoods and protect their indigenous land from commercial geothermal energy projects.

To achieve a greater community-wide understanding of ownership and rights, the project will run participatory mapping exercises and practical workshops to identify the delineation of land and document existing land-based resources. The project has a particular focus on increasing the number of women and young people actively engaged in advocating for their rights.

A photograph of the landscape, Kenya
Olkaria landscape, Kenya

Zimbabwe Educational Trust: Strengthening child rights through advocacy and community-led birth registration programmes

This project will address a range of complex, institutional and socio-cultural barriers to birth registration in Zimbabwe.

The project will work directly with families and communities to create community-led solutions which support child rights, help families recognise the importance of birth registration, and work towards making birth registration more accessible.

Child Protection Committees (CPCs) will be empowered to become change agents, leading advocacy and campaigns against delayed birth registration and social norms that drive teenage pregnancies and child marriages. Ultimately enabling children, especially girls, to remain in school.

Community volunteers get support on birth registration issues in Zimbabwe
Community members receiving support on birth registration issues

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 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.