New Small Charities Challenge Fund grants announced for WASH projects in Uganda and Madagascar

Categories: Funding rounds, Small Charities
12 November 2020


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

These UK-registered organisations, Gather Hub, Teams4u and Teso Development Trust will receive SCCF grants of up to £50,000, to help them to address the UN Global Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) in particular.

Gather Hub: Launching a city data hub for urban sanitation in Antananarivo, Madagascar

This project will support the launch of the world’s first sanitation data hub in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo. The aim is to improve the quality of sanitation – the provision of safely managed toilets and waste removal services – for the 350,000 living there.

Gather Hub will work with local partners to review how data is collected, shared and analysed. It will do this by bringing together three key sanitation organisations: Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), Loowatt and Commune Urbaine d’Antananarivo (CUA), and the local government body responsible for developing a water and sanitation strategy for the city.

These organisations will be the founding members of a city data hub, which will look to adopt new data practices, and create a new data standard for urban sanitation. Through the hub, the organisations will be able to make data-driven decisions on their investments, identify new markets and transform the way that sanitation is provided in Antananarivo.

A photograph of a tana toilet
Tana toilet in Madagascar

Teams4u: Improving sanitation provision in primary schools in Uganda

Teams4u supports projects that remove barriers to education and empower women and girls. The charity believes in a holistic approach and this project, which is designed to improve sanitation facilities in schools, is part of a wider commitment from the organisation to tackle period poverty.

The project will target 50 government-funded schools in the Kumi district of Uganda. It will upgrade their sanitation and handwashing facilities to ensure staff and children have basic hygiene products such as soap, and over 900 pupils per school will be educated on good hygiene practice.

In addition to this, urgent guidance will be provided to communities through village health teams to help reduce the spread of diseases such a COVID-19 and Rotavirus.

A photograph of two young children with sanitation facilities
Community sanitation station

Teso Development Trust: The rural water and sanitation improvement project

This project aims to improve access to safe, clean drinking water, and enhance existing hygiene and sanitation facilities in four rural villages in Kalakai sub-county, Uganda.

Working with a local community group, new boreholes and pit latrines will be installed for the most vulnerable households.

Community-based builders will be trained in the construction of these facilities, and they will work alongside community members who will support them.

In each village, Water and Sanitation committees will be established and then trained, to maintain the water points. The communities will be encouraged to develop good wash hygiene habits that then last beyond the end of the project’s life cycle.

Woman uses hand pump for water. Photo credit Teso Development Trust
A new sanitation station in Kalakai

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.