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Applying for an overseas grant

The Overseas Grant Programme for 2019 is now closed and will re-open in January 2020.

We fund overseas work in all continents which seek to enable people to address the basic needs of their communities. Our total annual overseas grant budget is £90,000 and grants awarded are from £2,000 to £10,000. All applications must come from UK registered charities.

  • What we fund
    We are looking for projects which show some or all of the following:

    - Ability to use a grant of between £2,000 - £10,000
    - Clear objectives and outcomes which can be measured and evaluated within a reasonable timescale 
      and show a good impact to the beneficiaries
    - Cost-effective and proven models of working to attain sustainable outcomes
    - Can be used for a project that might require the funding from October 2019
  • What we don't fund

    We do have limited funds and this means we have to lay down strict criteria for giving. 

    Through our Overseas Grant programme we do not fund the following:

    - Disaster relief or emergency work (from this fund, although staff have generously supported recent Appeals)
    - Proposals which show any racial, political or religious bias
    - Individuals
    - Expeditions or study exchanges
    - Medical research, fundraising events or appeals

    We are sorry if your project doesn’t fit our criteria and wish you success securing funds from elsewhere. 

    Suggestions for other sources of International funds can be found here >> 

When to apply

The grant applications are reviewed and decisions made by an Overseas Grants Committee, consisting of Zurich employee volunteers from across the UK. The committee holds a series of meetings from May to September every year.  The key timings each year are as follows:

- Overseas Grant programme opens for applications in early January.
- The closing date for overseas grant applications is 31 March.
- You will be notified by 1 July whether your application has progressed to the final stage for consideration. 
- If your application is successful in reaching that final stage, we will then notify all applicants by 30 September to advise whether your application is successful or not. 

Saving lives through Temwa

Our £8,881 grant to Temwa is to be used to expand of success of a pilot project in 2017 using subsidised water filters to improve overall health, alongside training and education for villages in Nkhata Bay district in North Malawi.  The project is to provide clean drinking water to 300 households in two villages in the area. Temwa say...

"Your funding will have an incredible impact facilitating access to clean water for 1800 people. My colleague recently visited the area where the project was piloted and one of the villagers, Goodson, told her about the impact of the project. Goodson's own baby died of diarrhoea a few years ago before the water filters were introduced. He said "... with this project, Temwa is saving the lives of my family and of the people in my village." 

How to apply

Whilst the Overseas Grant Window is open, a link to an online application form will appear at the bottom of this section.  The 2019 application window is now closed. It will re-open again in January 2020. 

BEFORE starting to complete the on-line form, please take the time to read through all the questions to make sure you have all the required details to hand. It is not possible to save the form as you are completing it, so this is essential.

Supporting documents - please ensure you have your latest Annual Report and Accounts (in Word, pdf or other emailable format) to submit along with the form - you will be prompted to attach these at the end of the application process. PLEASE NOTE, you will be unable to submit the form without attaching the supporting document(s).

Once you have completed the form please click on the 'Submit application' button at the bottom of the form to submit this and the supporting documentation to the Zurich Community Trust team. 



Get in touch

For advice about the application process, or to talk through your particular grant application, please contact (Monday-Wednesday only):