I would like to draw your attention to the Challenge Fund that exists under the project to build human rights capacity in the British Overseas Territories.
This Fund is designed to give civil society organisations the opportunity to undertake activities that will help to increase respect for human rights, including in Anguilla. The kinds of actions that can be supported are very broad, as you can see from the attached Guidelines. We have tried to keep formalities limited to the necessary basics.
The next deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 30 June. The decision process is swift (within four weeks), which means that successful applicants can usually start their activities within two or three months of the deadline.
If you have any questions abut the Fund or the application process, please feel free to get in touch with me.
It would be very helpful if you will also inform other civil society organisations in Anguilla about the availability of the Challenge Fund.
With best wishes,
Consultant (Human Rights Capacity Building BOT Project)
Strategic focus of funding
About the Project Partners
How much is available
The Fund has a total of £100,000 to disburse. The maximum award available to any one project is £5,000. Applicants are required to provide evidence of available matching funds in cash or in kind (i.e. voluntary facilities or labour that will be used in the project and that would otherwise have to be paid for to undertake the project activities). These matching funds or in-kind contributions must be approximately 20% of the project costs.
What we cannot support
projects lasting longer than one year;
training courses taking place in a university in a developed country;
academic study or research;
presentation of papers at academic conferences;
the publication of books and films, unless these are learning tools developed as a result of an activity supported by the project;
core funding (such as salaries of permanent staff, office rental and general running costs).
Who can benefit
are working in civil society organisations directly engaged in promoting human rights;
are employed in work which has direct relevance to the subject of the activity;
are in a position to transfer their learning to others.
equitable participation by women and men in the activity for which funding is being sought;
activities addressing a gender or youth issue, or which include a component which addresses a gender or youth issue;
participation in the governance of the organisation of both women and men.
Who can apply
The decision making process
the Challenge Fund should be mentioned in all printed material;
all beneficiaries of funding should be informed of the source; and
the Commonwealth Foundation should be sent copies of all documentation produced in association with the activity.
Checklist for submission
read the guidelines thoroughly to see whether your project and organisation is eligible;
provided all the information as requested in the application set out in annex 2;
attached all supplementary information, including, as relevant:
annual report of your organisation;
the last set of audited accounts;
British Virgin Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tristan da Cunha
Name of Organisation
Address of Organisation , including telephone and fax numbers and website (if any)
Aims and Objectives of Organisation
Structure of Organisation, including legal status, number of members and how it is governed (including the youth and gender dimension)
Main activities of the Organisation
Total annual budget of Organisation
Main items of expenditure
Main sources of income
Brief details of projects the Organisation has carried out during the past 5 years
Title of Project
Outline of Project, including who will be involved in implementing the project, who will benefit from it (with the gender and youth dimension) and the human rights situation the project addresses.
Total Budget of Project
Main items of project expenditure, broken down into (a) personnel, (b) travel, (c) events, (d) materials, (e) any other project costs, (e) administration costs up to a maximum of (10%) of total project costs.
Period covered by grant
Amount of grant requested
How will the project be co-funded – distinguish between in cash and in kind
Any further information you consider relevant
Signature of person applying
Name and position in the Organisation