ADG I: Small-Scale Community and Economic Development
ADG I awards grants of £2000 to initiatives contributing to making a positive impact on economic development in Africa. It will do so by enabling diaspora organisations to implement projects that provide support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and prospects that create jobs and facilitate employment-led growth.
AFFORD Diaspora Grants (ADG) is managed by AFFORD and delivered in partnership with The Pharo Foundation and Noel Buxton Trust. ADG funds projects and businesses dedicated to supporting people and communities and solving social problems in Africa.
Projects must meet at least one of these outcomes to be considered for a grant but does not have to meet all three.
Outcome 1: Increase in business support and training for micro, small, and medium-sized business enterprises
Outcome 2: Increase in income for small businesses.
Outcome 3: Increase in sustainable livelihoods.
Organisations will need to meet all the following:
be African diaspora-led; turnover less than £100,000 in the last accounting period;
UK registered company, charity, co-operative, CIC, sole trader; in good financial health;
and have organisational aims that reflect the goal of the grant.
Completed projects from the pilot phase of this programme are eligible to apply for this round.
Thematic areas of interest are agriculture, livelihoods, education, health, youth, WASH (Water, sanitation and Hygiene), business and social enterprise. Within these thematic areas, successful projects should offer practical solutions and demonstrate potential for replication and scalability. A focus on young people and women will be encouraged, as well as innovation and use of technology, social media and partnership working.