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 Isle of Man registered charities, which operate for periods of three years. The current round of Multi-Year Grant Projects are running from 2015-2018 with applications for the next round of funding opening in 2018. If you wish to be notified when the next round of Multi-Year Grants is OPEN please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the mailing list.
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 Small Grants funding for 2015-16 is now CLOSED. More information will be posted in January 2017 in regards to applying for the funding available in 2016-17.
The purpose of the Small Grants Scheme is to support small projects in the developing world conducted by Isle of Man registered organisations.
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. 16 projects received funding for the 2014-15 financial year.
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.
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.
Emergency Aid applications may be submitted anytime however they will only be considered on a monthly basis, ordinarily with a total of £50,000 available. The application deadline for each round will fall on the final Friday of each month.
The mechanism for allocating emergency aid funding, which forms part of the Isle of Man’s commitment to international development, has been revised by the Council of Ministers. With effect from 1st April 2017, emergency aid support will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) live appeals. DEC works with leading aid charities to provide and deliver effective humanitarian aid in times of crisis around the world.
The emergency aid funding allocations for October, November and December have been accumulated and £150,000 has been donated to four projects providing support to Haiti following the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew. The projects funded provided the immediate needs of shelter, food and safe, clean water in addition to preventing the spread of disease through improved sanitation and treatment of existing and new cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases. The charities which received funding were ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid and UNICEF.
Allocation of the remaining £150,000 emergency aid funding for the last quarter of the financial year 2016-17 will be determined by the Council of Ministers early in the New Year.
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