In 2018, grants will be awarded to projects that tackle poverty through advancing women's empowerment. Activities that empower women and adolescent girls - allowing them to have voice, choice and control over their lives and giving them the chance to thrive - provide a vital opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. We believe the return on this investment is not just a better life for the women and girls helped directly - it can also build a brighter future for the next generation and help communities say goodbye to poverty for good.
The Trustees are looking to fund projects that work with poor communities to do one or more of the following:
The Paul Hodges Trust awards up to 2 grants a year of max £15,000 each. We welcome applications between 2 April and 30 April 2018.
All applications received on time, completed in full, that comply with our guidance and fulfil the grant criteria will be accessed by the Trustees in May.
Shortlisted applications will be contacted by the end of May for final due diligence checks and to discuss the grant conditions and administration processes. The successful awards will be announced in June.
Please note that competition for funding is intense and we will receive many more applications than we are able to fund. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by the end of June.
Main Grant Criteria
Applications must clearly identify how receiving funds from the Trust will enable the empowerment of women in a way that will lead to sustainable poverty reduction. We will prioritise funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. All funds granted must be used for exclusively charitable purpose for the public benefit, according to the laws of England and Wales.
Types of Grants
Grant requests should be for up to £15,000 for specific project funding. We encourage applicants to seek co-funding of projects if possible. We expect the projects that we fund to be completed within 12 months of the project's start date. Multi-year grants will generally not be made.
We accept applications from small charities with a proven track record of undertaking effective poverty reduction activities in Africa. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered. We place an important emphasis on supporting established small organisations with evidence of local ownership and effective governance/financial management processes, to ensure the safeguarding of Trust funds.
In 2018, Trustees will favour projects in Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, although other low income Sub-Saharan countries may be considered. Projects must be focussed on poor or marginalised communities within those countries.
The Paul Hodges Trust does not give grants for: