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You have identified your organisation as eligible to apply to our World Development Small Grants Programme. These Small Grants are intended to support smaller organisations delivering development work at a smaller scale. Grants will be prioritised for small UK charities led by committed individuals, especially those based in Wales, which are working to deliver projects in developing countries. Strong applications will demonstrate:

  • Additional funding secured from other funding sources
  • Significant direct contribution to the project from the beneficiary community
  • Strong volunteer input from Trustees and supporters
  • Positive impact of previous project activities on indicators of improved education, health and/or income generation
  • Sustainable model of project delivery


  • The majority of our grants will be for a total sum of £5,000-£10,000 with project activities delivered over a one to two year period.
  • Longer-duration projects will be considered for bursary applications to enable the support of students throughout a specific stage of education. 
  • A few larger grants (up to a maximum of £30,000) may be available to larger organisations with an annual income of £100,000-£300,000, for multi-year projects. Requests for this level of funding are more likely to be considered from organisations we have previously funded.
  • We will consider applications from organisations with an annual income of less than £20,000 or that are newly established within the last 2 years; but in these cases we would only consider applications below £5,000.
  • Applicants’ requests should always be in keeping with their organisation’s annual income; we do not usually provide grants which total more than 25% of an organisation’s annual income.
  • Small grants are usually provided as a one-off donation. In exceptional circumstances some organisations may be invited to reapply.


We don’t have an application form, so you are free to formulate your proposal as you wish.  However, when applying to the World Development Small Grants Fund, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit the proposal to approximately 2-3 sides of A4, and send it in the body of an email to Applications sent anywhere else will not be counted. Please note that tables and figures don’t always display well in an email.
  • State clearly at the top of your application that you are applying under our World Development Small Grants programme. Please also let us know how you heard about this particular funding programme.
  • Don’t include attachments or photos; we can ask for these later on.
  • Supply basic information on your organisation – name, address, charitable status, annual income and expenditure, sources of funding, website address and contact details.
  • If possible, provide evidence of the positive impact that your previous projects have had.
  • Briefly describe the project or purpose for which you are seeking funding. You must outline how this meets Foundation’s funding priorities.
  • Provide brief details of project activities, timescale and expected start date. We don’t need to see the full project plan at this stage.
  • Provide a summary of project costs and clearly state the amount you are requesting from the Waterloo Foundation and any funds secured from other sources. Please provide this information in £GBP. We don’t need to see the detailed budget at this stage.
  • Briefly outline the anticipated project outcomes and describe how these will be measured.


Are there specific deadlines?

We currently have no specific deadlines in our World Development fund by which applications need to be received. 

What are the timescales for applications to be reviewed?

We aim to undertake a first review of all new applications within 2-3 months of submission.  If your funding application is unsuccessful we will let you know as soon as we can after this first review.  If your funding application is able to be taken forward to be reviewed in more detail, we will then contact you to discuss it further. It usually takes between 3-4 months but can take up to 6 months between the submission of an application and a decision to provide a grant, so please consider this when submitting an application.

Can I apply if I am from outside the UK?

We prioritise providing funding support to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.  We are happy to consider providing some support towards the capacity-building of local NGO partners, as part of a grant to support project delivery.

If you are an organisation based in a developing country and you are applying to our World Development programme, we need to be sure that you are a legitimate organisation undertaking charitable objectives.  Therefore you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work.  This must be someone who:

  • Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK
  • Works for an organisation that the Foundation has previously given a grant to
  • Works for an organisation with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organisation
  • Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organisation.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organisation and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the beginning of your application. Only applications with references will be considered.

What type of grants does TWF provide?

The majority of our small grants support projects or programmes which deliver direct outcomes in developing countries.

I’ve read all the above, and can’t find the answer to my question. How do I contact you?

Please send us an email with your enquiry at and we will endeavour to respond to you within a few days. If your query is more urgent, please call the office on 02920 838980.