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COVID-19 Emergency Grants Programme

In April 2020, we worked with our global network of young leaders to launch QCT’s COVID-19 Emergency Grants Programme supporting small youth-led organisations delivering vital services during this challenging time.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we know that young leaders across the globe are struggling to access funding to support their local communities at a time when their work is needed more than ever.

Our emergency grants programme has been designed to support the people and communities too often left behind or forgotten in times of crisis. Through our network of young leaders, we have initially invited at-risk groups across our network including those working in Indigenous Groups and Small Island Developing States. In June, we are planning to open up to a wider group within our network.

Due to anticipated high demand, this programme is being offered to groups of young leaders within our existing network and through selected referral partners only. We wish we could help more people and we promise this funding will be fairly distributed to those who need it most.

We are currently planning to make 20-40 grants of up to £5,000 to support small organisations that are delivering disaster relief and urgent services in direct response to COVID-19 or that require operational changes in order to continue delivering existing critical services during this time. We will work with these young leaders to help them track the impact of their work.

To date, the following projects and organisations have been funded through this programme, and we will be adding more projects to this page on a weekly basis:

Hug-A-Sister Medicine Box Project, Canada: Supporting local indigenous community members through the provision of traditional medicine gardens and guidance webinars, preserving cultural practices and social connections that reduce the risk of domestic violence, suicide and substance misuse.

Nga Kaitiaki o Ihumaatao Charitable Trust, New Zealand: Supporting local indigenous community members through providing Māori indigenous foods and medicine supplies, community visits and webinars about Māori planting techniques to preserve cultural practices and address food security during COVID-19.

Xavier Project, Kenya and Uganda: Providing food and sanitary materials to vulnerable refugee families via community-based partners alongside information to raise awareness and understanding during the pandemic.

Cerebral Palsy and Autism Renaissance Organisation (CPARO), Uganda: Supporting the community through the distribution of PPE and food items to households and families with persons and children suffering from Cerebral Palsy or Autism.

Children's Assurance Programme, Sierra Leone: Supporting vulnerable people in the Grafton Amputee Camp through the distribution of food items, hand sanitisers and face masks to 50 disabled community members.

Women & Democracy, Maldives: Continuing to empower and support women and girls during COVID-19 by distributing menstrual health and hygiene supplies, setting up a domestic abuse helpline, offering counselling for survivors of violence and raising awareness of domestic violence.

Success Capital Organisation, Botswana: Supporting LGBTIQ+ Youth during COVID-19 through the provision of virtual counselling services and mental health support, emergency supplies, research and advocacy tools, and opportunities to connect with peers online through storytelling and poetry.

Support to existing QCT grant recipients

In addition to this grants programme, we are working closely with existing QCT grant recipients to support their delivery during this time and providing funding for their response activities:

The Justice Desk, South Africa: We have provided an emergency grant to support Jessica and the team in delivering vital supplies to the communities they operate in, alongside revising their human rights training during COVID-19.

Eco Brixs, Uganda: We have provided an emergency grant to help Andy, Gee and the team provide support to the local hospital and the establishment of a food planting programme to build greater resilience in the community.

GirlDreamer, UK: We have provided an emergency grant for Kiran and Amna to distribute as micro-grants to projects run by women of colour to help them continue to deliver work and services to their local communities during COVID-19.

Article published: May 2020


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