The Welsh Government Wales for Africa grants scheme is a £230,000 grant fund for community groups and organisations throughout Wales via the Wales for Africa grant scheme. The Wales for Africa programme supports and encourages civil society, business and public bodies in Wales to take action on poverty in Africa through active global citizenship, skills exchanges and mutual learning, partnership working and climate change action in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This scheme enables individuals, community groups and organisations in Wales to access funding for small-scale projects that contribute to Wales' delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and deliver benefits to Wales and Africa.
A funding round for medium grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 is available from 4 May 2018 to 29 June 2018 for projects that meet scheme criteria.
This case study shows what has been achieved by a project with funding from the Welsh Government Wales for Africa Grants Scheme. If you're interested in being a part of what we can achieve with this scheme, then don't hesitate to get in touch!
10 Million Trees
Wales for Africa supported an innovative tree planting project in Mbale, Uganda where 4.2 million trees have been planted over the last 5 years. The 10 Million Trees project is a collaboration between 3 NGOs and a Social Enterprise, all of which are members of the Mbale Coalition Against Poverty. The project, part of Size of Wales www.sizeofwales.org.uk focuses on poverty alleviation and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Dozens of community based tree nurseries promoting agroforestry across the Mbale region have been created. The project has helped improve livelihoods, helped farmers adapt to Climate Change and spread the Climate Change message to thousands of people both in Uganda and here at home. Small farmers are 'sensitised' to climate change and the value of planting trees by local project workers and a community theatre group and are then given trees to plant on their tiny plots in between their coffee and food crops. The project gained international recognition at the UNFCCC COP 17 Climate Change Summit in Durban in 2011 as one of the first UN Momentum for Change Lighthouse Projects capable of replication elsewhere.
Bees for Development
Wales for Africa has also supported Monmouth based charity Bees for Development who work in partnership with the 10 Million Trees project through training farmers to keep bees and harvest honey in a sustainable way – providing people with the means to be economically self-reliant whilst sustaining the environment. Beekeeping is welcomed in Mbale because it creates an added income stream from tree planting.
As beekeeper Stephen Walimbwe explains: "I was taught how to make beehives from local materials. Honey bees occupied the beehives by themselves – they cost me nothing. The bees feed on my trees and give me honey. I have invested little and gaining much. Now my neighbours want to copy me. I will plant more trees."
Get in touch if you think that you've got a project idea which could be funded by the Wales for Africa scheme -Email: firstname.lastname@example.org