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.
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.
Applications from Isle of Man charities will be considered first, recognising that they do not usually have access to funding elsewhere. 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.
Recently the Committee has revised its schedule and as a result, it will not be accepting applications for small grants until July/August 2013. A call for applications will be issued at that time.
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.
Applications for Emergency Aid are accepted throughout the year and considered by the Committee on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is Friday 14 June 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. Application Forms for Small and Multi-Year Grants and for Emergency Aid Funding can be obtained in the downloadable documents section at the bottom of this page.
It is recommended that applicants also refer to the document Guidance on Programmes and Funding which can also be found below. Some of the images used on these web pages were supplied courtesy of the Cecily's Fund project at Bwafwano Community School in Zambian.
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