Call for applications

Joffe Charitable Trust Small Grants Programme

The Joffe Charitable Trust is seeking applications for grants under the ‘services’ strand of our Funding Policy. Outline applications should reach us by 31 July 2017 in order to be considered in our next funding round.

The types of project we are interested in funding will:

  • provide services that will make a significant positive difference to poor people in Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa;
  • be effectively linked to local and/or national policy makers, with a view to making a significant contribution to wider public policy and practice;
  • be hard to fund from the many other sources of funding available for development activity;
  • be delivered by organisations and managers that have demonstrated highly effective leadership;
  • be run by a UK-registered NGO with income of less than £5m or by organisations that are the partners of a UK-registered NGO of any size.

The grants under this programme will be between £5,000 to £20,000 per year for one to three years (i.e. a total grant of between £5,000 and £60,000).

First stage applications should be made in a short email only (no attachments please) to Carin Lake, the Trust Manager, at  In your email please:

  • give a brief outline of the project;
  • explain how it meets each of the above criteria and how funding from the Joffe Trust would make a significant difference to the success of the project;
  • state the amount of funding applied for, the total project cost and any other sources of funding for this project;
  • provide your website address, charity and/or company registration details.

We will let you know by 15 September whether or not your application has been shortlisted.  Shortlisted applicants may be asked to provide further information or to meet us for interview.  Final decisions will be made by our Board of Trustees at their meeting on 13 January 2018.