The ongoing global effects on the COVID-19 outbreak are being felt differently worldwide. As Wales’ flagship grant programme for the Wales and Africa initiative, the Wales and Africa Small Grants Scheme will fund groups to work with their African Partners to alleviate the impacts of the virus on communities in Africa.

In response to this unprecedented circumstance, this Wales and Africa immediate COVID-19 Response round will fund requests for Welsh groups to work with African partners to respond to immediate issues arising from the outbreak of COVID-19. This funding is not for traditional projects.

The next round of Wales Africa funding will be in the Spring of 2021. This grant round has been designed to provide funding to the most urgent and vital requests, the application form has been simplified and if there are any clarifications required, you will be contacted.

Grants available

Grant are available from £3,000 up to £15,000. If you have a request which falls outside of this grant range, please speak to a team member before completing your request for funding. You can contact WCVA at

There is £161,441 available for this COVID-19 response grant round.

Grant aims for the immediate covid-19 response round of the Wales Africa grant scheme:

  • xAssist African partners in combatting the immediate effects of covid-19
  • Encourage stringent health & safety practices
  • Make contributions to the following themes of the Wales Africa grants scheme:
    • Health
    • Sustainable livelihoods
    • Lifelong learning

Timescale and process for awards

Grant allocations should be spent by January 2021, although it is anticipated that most of the grant allocations will be for immediate activity.

Process for awards

Stage Date Detail
Open for requests 08 June 2020 The process for funding requests is live on the WCVA website. All requests to be made on the downloadable application form and returned to
Requests checked for eligibility Ongoing from submission Requests for funding will be reviewed by the WCVA Grant Funds Team and sent as soon as identified as eligible to the Welsh Government Panel for their consideration. If there are points for clarification, WCVA will contact you, this may delay the decision making on your request.
Panel meeting 16 June 2020 Formal approval of those requests which will be funded
Applicants informed 17 June 2020 Grant Offer letters sent to successful requests
Grant payments processed 18 June Grant payments processed by WCVA Finance Team for payment into group’s accounts 3-5 working days later
Cycle Repeats until the funding allocation has been met

Further sources of support

For general queries on the request process please email or call 0300 111 0124.

For support on the development of your request please contact

For More Information:

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