Grant Status

The 2017/18 funding round is open from the 13th of January until noon (12pm) on the 6th of March 2017. Successful applicants will be informed in early April 2017, with all funds to be spent by March 31st 2018.

Please note that we are only able to provide grant funding where the lead applicants is based in Wales and where activities demonstrate a benefit to Wales.


Hub Cymru Africa’s grants scheme enables individuals, community groups and organisations throughout Wales to access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects. Up to £180,000 is available per year, including an annual minimum of £50,000 for health activities involving the Welsh NHS or Public Health Wales.

This scheme replaces funding previously available through Wales Africa Community Links, Fair Trade Wales and the Wales for Africa Health Links grants scheme.

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Funding will be allocated under 4 thematic areas:

  • Health
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Climate Change and Environment

Application forms must be completed in full and submitted with the supporting documents required as detailed in the application forms found here. All forms must be received by email or hard copy by the deadline. All funds for each year of funding must be spent by 31st March of the funding year.

Funding categories are:

  • up to £1,000 for small scale activity grants;
  • from £1,001 - £5,000 for project grants; and
  • from £5,001 - £15,000 for partnership grants.

More detail on these categories can be found below.

Organisations can submit multiple applications for funding within the same financial year. Organisations currently in receipt of a Hub Cymru Africa grant can also submit further applications. However, Hub Cymru Africa is only likely to make multiple awards to a single organisation in exceptional circumstances.

The grant assessment and award process for applications will be:

  1. Applications initially assessed by the Hub Cymru Africa staff to confirm eligibility;
  2. Applications assessed by a panel composed of the Hub Cymru Africa staff team (for grants of up to £1,000) or an independent panel comprised of Hub Cymru Africa partnership board representatives (for grants of over £1,001);
  3. The outcome of the application will be either a) agreement to full funding, or b) offer of partial funding, or c) offer of funding on set conditions, or d) rejection;
  4. Successful applications will be sent a grant offer letter with full terms and conditions (including reporting requirements) and must be signed and returned by the specified deadline before funds can be released.

Grants Advice

To listen to / watch a recording of a recent Webinar that outlines what we expect from applicants, please click here (apologies for the current quality of the video presentation, we are working to improve this).

Eligibility Criteria

 Overall Criteria

  • Lead applicants must be based in Wales
  • Any overseas activities must take place within Africa
  • Applications must demonstrate value for money in their activities
  • All activities should be of benefit to Wales
  • Applications must fall under one or more of the thematic areas
  • Applicants who have previously received grants through the member organisations of Hub Cymru Africa (Wales Africa Community Links, Wales for Africa Health Links Network, Fair Trade Wales) should show impact or progression from these grants
  • Joint applications from consortia of Welsh organisations will be considered.
  • Individuals or un-constituted groups may only apply for a maximum of £1,000
  • All applications are subject to a conflict of interest declaration
  • All applicants should demonstrate that they have taken into consideration ethical and Fair Trade criteria when making purchasing decisions
  • Match funding is strongly encouraged
  • For international travel, Cardiff airport should be prioritised as a point of departure, wherever possible

 For the avoidance of doubt, we will not fund, for example:

  • Academic Research
  • Unrestricted donations to southern partners
  • School trips/travel
  • Humanitarian operations (emergency relief work)
  • Direct applications from African organisations
  • Evangelical or proselytising activities
  • For-profit activities (exceptions may be made in the case of community cooperatives or microfinance initiatives within a livelihoods programme)
  • Political parties
  • Activities that aim to deny equal rights

 To download an application form, click on the grant you will be applying for:

Up to £1,000   Up to £5,000   Up to £15,000

If you have any questions, please have a look at our FAQ document in the first instance.

The Hub Cymru Africa grants staff will be hosting a series of webinars for applicants to receive information about the grants and to ask questions about applications. We suggest that you have a look through our Q & A briefing before attending as many questions are addressed in this document.

If you are have already been through the website and require further information, please email us at