The Isle of Man Government’s ultimate goal is to achieve the internationally recognised standard for international development aid contributions as a percentage of national income, as and when it is practical to do so.
The level of funding afforded to international development aid, and its performance against targets, will be subject to detailed review by the Council of Ministers every three years. The Committee determines, on an annual basis, how it allocates its annual budget. Three funding streams are in operation, as follows:
Multi-Year Grants Scheme
The purpose of the Multi-Year Grants Scheme is to support programmes in the developing world conducted by Manx or UK-based organisations, which operate for periods of three years.
This enables organisations to have funding security, reduce administration costs and to develop programmes that can offer greater sustainability for the beneficiaries. Multi-Year projects may be funded for up to 100% of eligible costs. The minimum grant available is £50,000 and maximum is £100,000 per annum.
The objective of the scheme is to enable organisations to address the root causes of poverty in the developing world in a way that is strategic and cost-effective.
The next round of Multi-Year Grant funding will be in 2015.
Small Grants Scheme
The purpose of the Small Grants Scheme is to support small projects in the developing world conducted by Manx or UK based organisations.
Projects may be funded for up to 100% of eligible costs, prioritising grants from £10,000 to the maximum of £100,000, although projects requesting donations under £10,000 will not be precluded.
Charities applying for funding are required to be registered in the Isle of Man and demonstrate substantial links to the Island. For information about registering as an Isle of Man charity please click here
The objective of the scheme is to enable organisations to address the root causes of poverty in the developing world in a way that is strategic and cost-effective. 24 projects received funding for the 2012-13 financial year.
The next round of small Grant funding will be July/August 2014.
Emergency Aid Funding
Emergency aid is vital to international development because disasters can reverse or undermine development and similarly, weak or limited development can enhance vulnerability to disaster.
The objectives of the Committee’s Emergency Aid fund are to save and protect lives in emergency situations through the provision of emergency relief and to assist the most vulnerable people in post-emergency societies to re-establish their lives and livelihoods. The Committee allocates funding on a request basis, disbursing funds through large NGOs and charities.
The Committee may also donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) following its appeals, for it to disburse funding amongst its member organisations.
The Committee considers emergency aid applications on a quarterly basis and will normally allocate a total of £150,000 each quarter. Any organisation wishing to make an emergency aid application should contact the Secretary to determine the deadline for applications at a particular time.
In response to Typhoon Haiyan the International Development Committee has pledged £100,000 of this quarter’s Emergency Aid budget (£150,000) to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal. Therefore, charities should note that the Committee will have a total of £50,000 to allocate in December 2013.
The next deadline is Friday 13 December 2013.
Application forms and guidance
Each application form contains detailed guidance together with information about the assessment criteria that will be applied when considering applications. PDF application forms for Small and Multi-Year Grants and for Emergency Aid Funding can be obtained in the downloadable section at the top right hand side of this page. It is recommended that applicants also refer to the document Guidance on Programmes and Funding which can also be found above. For an application form in Word format please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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