A small number of grants in the region of £1,000 to £1,500 are made annually to projects that work to enable rural young people overseas to live self-sufficiently.
Requests for grants should come from the organisation managing the project, with evidence of active Quaker support. The organisation need not be Quaker-run, but projects supported should operate within appropriate principles including financial and environmental sustainability.
This year we have provided funding for:
- a project supplying start-up tailoring tool kits for trainees in Rwanda (PDF)
- The Good Shepherd Special School, to provide equipment for children with special needs and disabilities in rural Western Uganda (PDF)
- a project to support a group of young people in Kenya in a start-up business network selling maize, a small juicing business and a cyber café (PDF)
- a project to train a group of 20 young people, aged 14 to 24 in Yala, Kenya, who are currently not in school or employment, in hairdressing, barbering and beauty skills (PDF).
Last year we funded:
- a project supplying free toolkits to young people in Kenya who have successfully completed employment-related training, enabling them to set up in their chosen career (PDF)
- a project providing vocational training for young people in Northern Ghana (PDF)
How to apply
Applications for 2020 will open at the start of November 2019 and close at the end of January 2020
The 2019 documents are below, for information only. These should not be used for 2020 applications as there will be new documents available.
- Simmons Grants description 2019 (PDF)
- Simmons Grants application guidance 2019 (PDF)
- Simmons Grants application form 2019 (PDF)
If you have any questions about the application process please contact the Grants Programme Officer.