The Noel Buxton Trust  Grant making since 1919

Africa grants  

Guidelines for applicants


Purposes of funding

Who can apply?

Geographical focus

Amount and duration of grants

The criteria used to assess appeals



How to apply for funding



Purposes of funding

Trustees would like to focus their limited funds on economic development rather than service provision.  Trustees  favour work such as small business support and training, and  microfinance in both urban and rural settings.  Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children, and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.

The Trust would welcome applications that enable successful practical solutions to be replicated or that aim to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy. They would also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community based organisations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalised women and men are properly heard and respected.


Who can apply?

Trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grass-roots organisations and do not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities. The Trustees welcome applications from diaspora led organisations based and registered in the UK . 

The Trust is willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa or UK based charities which might be diaspora organisations based in the UK .  Applications need to be made in English.


Geographical focus

The Trustees fund work in Africa.  At present they favour projects based in  Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan.  Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme.  


Amount and duration of grants

The maximum grant is 5,000 per year for up to three years. 


The criteria used to assess appeals

Trustees expect to see a strong relationship between the applicant organisation and the community that will benefit from the grant.  This is demonstrated when the applicant shows a clear understanding of the economic, environmental and social issues facing the community.  Trustees like to see practical ways in which communities will be strengthened by the work they fund and, especially, how women and girls will be empowered.

Your appeal is more likely to be successful if you are able to briefly describe:

1.     How you identified the need for your proposal

2.     Your track record in doing related work

3.     How you will know that your project has benefitted, or will benefit, the communities with whom you work

4.  How you ensure the safety of the people you are supporting while you are working with them


5. You will need to show that  you  have been operating as a registered organisation for more than three years


6. It is very helpful to let us know about the other organisations that are funding your current work.


7. It is very helpful to let  us know your website address as we use online searches to verify your application.



In addition to our list of general exclusions please note that grants are not made for:

  • any work outside the areas listed in ‘Geographical focus’, above

  • buildings

  • expeditions, exchanges, holidays, study tours, visits

  • HIV/AIDS programmes

  • grants are not made to INDIVIDUALS for any purpose

  • organisations set up primarily to treat medical conditions, physical disabilities or mental health issues

  • schools, including school infrastructure and teaching equipment

  • vehicles  



Applications can be made at any time. It can take up to six months to assess an application.  Successful applicants will be informed in writing.  The Trustees’ focus on allocating as much as possible of their limited funds for grant-making and limiting administrative expenses means that applications are not acknowledged and no replies are sent to unsuccessful appeals. The Trust will not discuss applications on the telephone or correspond about rejected appeals.


How to apply for funding

There is no application form.  If you wish to make an appeal please send a short letter (1-2 pages) outlining your case for funding. Please mention that you have read this website and  show how your work fits into our guidelines.  The appeal should include your  charity registration number and the name of the organisation to which cheques should be made payable if different from that at the head of the appeal letter.  Please also include :

a)                budget for current and following year

b)                details of funding already received, promised or applied for from other sources

c)        latest annual report / accounts in the shortest available form.


Please send your appeal to:

The Administrator

The Noel Buxton Trust

PO Box 520

Fleet GU51 9GX.

Thank you for reading these guidelines.  If you decide to make an appeal, please note that the Trustees receive many more appeals than they can fund.  This means, regrettably, that they have to turn down some requests, even though the proposed work falls within these guidelines. 






Registered Charity Number:  220881